It is now Tuesday, and I’m back with another morning Quiet Time for you all. Today’s reading comes from the Verse of the Day, which is Mark 11: 24.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
–Mark 11:24 NASB
THE READING: Today’s lesson talks about persistent prayer and pray by faith. The lesson starts off by saying the things that God wants to do for us. The first thing is that He wants to fulfill our desires. We pray over the different areas of our life that we want to grow and flourish in. But the other thing that God wants for us is for us to lean on Him, and build a relationship with Him. Today’s lesson really hit home for me because this is an area in my faith walk that I’m still improving on, and that is prayer. I have moments where I do pray every day, and then I fall off track. I forget to come back to my prayer journal or just say a prayer before I go to sleep.
The lesson continues on to say that Christ promised us that we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer, as long as we believe. Our faith is the only condition to our prayer. We should never base our prayers on the circumstances around us, but that we need to base them on the power and character of God. The scripture tells us that we should “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). When praying for difficult situations, we should not be discouraged by what we see. The answer may take longer than we expect.
REFLECTION: For me, I think this is where my anxiety kicks in at times, because I’ll pray for something that I want to happen in my life, only to see the negative results. A great example of this was when I was playing the comparison game with my blog. After I finished writing a post, I went straight over to my stats section, only to find that I had 1 or 2 visitors since the post went up. After checking throughout the day, I only got a small number of views. Now, I just write my blog posts because I enjoy writing, and I enjoy helping my audience. Most times, I write my posts because I enjoy writing. I think for me, not checking the stats and caring about them was my way of walking by faith, not by sight. I prayed to God about my blog a while back, and now, I’m going to do my part and just write.
CONCLUSION: The reading goes on to say that we need to persevere in prayer. Jesus says to pray persistently, day and night. By doing this, God will answer us as long as we do not lose faith. We can pray about anything that is consistent with the character and will of God. If we pray due to our selfish ambitions, then that contradicts God’s character. When praying, we need to surrender our will to God.
And there you have it, another morning Quiet Time to go with your cup of coffee or tea. I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. Let me know how these Quiet Time posts are working out for you. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them with me in the comments down below. I’ll return to check in with you all later.
Until next time…