Kiwi & Mountains

My grandkids and I love kiwi . I buy the plastic boxes with a dozen or so of the green fruit. When they ask, and they often do, I take the time to peel it, slice it, and put the pieces in a bowl for them to eat with a fork.

If they do not ask, then I usually don’t think to give them one. I want to give them their favorite fruit, but they need to ask first. I know it’s a good snack for them. At the same time, if Gram is preparing a meal, then it would not be wise to give them a kiwi curbing their appetite just before a meal is put on the table.

Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 21:22

To some this verse may appear to be a magic wand to name and claim anything we want. But we cannot isolate one verse and make it mean what we want it to mean. So what are keys to this kind of prayer?

First, we must ask. Asking requires effort, thought, and action. Perhaps the most faithless thing a believer can do is not ask. If faith is not strong enough to move your mouth, then it will not move mountains either.

Second, we must believe. If we will have faith and do not doubt, prayers will be answered. The key to faith is the object of faith. The object is not your ability to have faith. The object is God. Have faith in God. We buy a plane ticket not because we think we can fly, but because we have faith in a Boeing 767 wide body jet liner with highly trained pilots.

Third, we must conform. If we ask according to God’s will, he answers us. When Gram is preparing a meal I do not grant my grandkids request for a kiwi. We must trust God’s wisdom to give what’s best for us too. If God doesn’t grant our request, then He has something better for us.

An important point of interpretation is to interpret Scripture with Scripture. Note these two verses: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” (1 John 5:14) “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James 4:3). So praying must be within God’s will and not for selfish purposes.

So pray! Now, one mountain that we need to pray to move is the mountain of unbelief. Think of all the people who don’t believe in Christ or believe something the Bible does not affirm. Pray for this mountain of unbelief be removed! Ask, believe, and conform to God’s will.

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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