“This morning,” Stan began, “I saw something in Matthew’s gospel that clearly explained to me why for so long in my life nothing seemed to happen.”
“Nothing was happening?” I asked.
“Well, not really nothing.” Stan replied. “Lots of things were happening, but nothing in the sense of what God wanted.”
“What is it you saw in Matthew’s gospel?”
“There were two blind men who asked Jesus to have mercy on them.”
Continuing, Stan said, “It doesn’t say that they asked Jesus to heal their blindness. They just asked Him to have mercy on them. I guess it was a given that Jesus knew what they wanted.”
“So,” I asked, “did Jesus heal them?”
“He did,” Stan replied, “but there were a couple of things that happened before they were healed. Those things that happened are crucial to me in understanding my life and my relationship with God.”
“What happened?” I asked.
“First,” Stan replied, “Jesus asked the two men if they believed He could do what they asked. Him to do. When they said they did believe that, Jesus did the second thing by touching their eyes and saying, ‘Be it done according to your faith’.”
“I think,” Stan continued, “that is exactly why nothing of what God wanted to do in my life was happening. I had little or no belief that God could do what I asked. Thus, I had no or little faith.”
“And,” he continued, “what was happening in my life agreed exactly with my relationship to God. I did not have adequate belief that God could do anything. My faith was inadequate. Thus, it was all in line with what Jesus said, ‘Be it done in accord with your faith’. No belief, no faith, no results.”
“It’s positively amazing,” Stan concluded, “the difference that having belief and faith has made in what I ask of God and in what I receive from Him.”
And as Jesus passed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, and saying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” And after He had come into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “Be it done to you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:27 – 30.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want to answer my requests. And thank you that you show me that you want me to believe and have faith in you and in all you can and will do in response to my faith. Please forgive all of my lack of belief and faith. Please, Lord, open me to truly believe and have faith in you and in all you are capable of doing if I will only believe. Like the father who asked for your help in healing his son, I believe but I need your help with my unbelief. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.