Was Jesus Just Kidding?
Matthew 21:21-22 The truth is, if you have faith and no doubts, you will be able to do the same as I did to this tree. And you will be able to do more. You will be able to say to this mountain, 'Go, mountain, fall into the sea.' And if you have faith, it will happen. If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer.
For the first half a dozen years or so of my Christian walk, I had a rather low view of prayer. I was always way too busy to stop and pray; racing off doing this and doing that. And anyhow, what difference was prayer really going to make?
Now, I knew that I had no real “power” in my life. I could see that the fruits of my labours weren’t what they should have been, given the effort, but that only meant that I had to work harder, right?
I wonder where you sit on all of that. Are you a man or a woman of prayer, or do you, as I used to, just race off and do things, good things, things for God, and then end up wondering why your efforts didn’t deliver the results?
Jesus made some very bold claims about the power of prayer:
The truth is, if you have faith and no doubts, you will be able to do the same as I did to this tree. And you will be able to do more. You will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Go, mountain, fall into the sea.’ And if you have faith, it will happen. If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer. (Matthew 21:21-22)
What do you make of that? How does that compare with your experience? Many Christians have such a low view of prayer, that they’ve never really seen the powerful results that Jesus is talking about here. So, based on that experience, it’s easy to mentally strike passages like that out of the Bible, and assume that Jesus must have been talking to someone else … certainly not to me!
When I compared that promise with the results of my feeble prayer life, there was a gap. A huge, yawning chasm of a gap between what Jesus promised and what I was experiencing. I may not be the smartest guy going round, but even I could tell something was drastically wrong.
So I decided to take Jesus at His Word; to believe that His promise was for me too. And since then, we’ve seen the reach of our ministry, Christianityworks, grow to impact the lives of millions of people around the globe. Go figure!
If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.