Unbelief: Another Hinderance to Following Christ

June Pastor’s Chat

In last month’s chat we focused on communion with the Lord in prayer as a necessity to following Christ alone! How has your prayer life been? Have you had dependent communion with the Lord through prayer as you face the trials and challenges of life in this world of rebellion against God?

There is one sin that greatly hinders our prayer life. It is the sin of unbelief. James warns about praying with uncertainty and a lack of confidence in God when he wrote, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:6-7). How much unbelief do you have in your prayers?

If you find some unbelief, please admit it to the Lord like the father of the demonic boy whom Jesus cured. The father asked Jesus, “If thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.” Jesus responded, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (see Mark 9:14-29).

The cure of unbelief is the Word of God! Romans 10:17 says, “So than faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Our obedience to the Word of God is the ground by which we know that God will answer our prayers according to His will. Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John15:7). The Apostle John explained, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:22). May the Lord’s Word accomplish its transforming power in our lives as we read it every day (II Tim. 3:14-17).

With Prayer,
Pastor Mark

Verses and Quotations About Prayer

Verses on Prayer

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (I Timothy 2:8).

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray” (James 5:13).

“Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (Philippians 1:9).

“Pray that ye enter not into temptation” (Luke 22:40).

Quotations about Prayer

“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to His Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God” (John Bunyan, emphasis mine).

“The Word of God is a great help in prayer. If it be lodged and written in our hearts, it will form an outflowing current of prayer, full and irresistible. Promises, stored in the heart, are to be the fuel from which prayer receives life and warmth, just as the coal, stored in the earth, ministers to our comfort on stormy days and wintry nights. The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong. Prayer, like men, cannot live by bread alone, ‘but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord’” (E.M. Bounds).

“Intercessory Prayer is a powerful means of grace to the praying man. Martyn observes that at times of inward dryness and depression, he had often found a delightful revival in the act of praying for others for their conversion, or sanctification, or prosperity in the work of the Lord. His dealings with God for them about these gifts and blessings were for himself the divinely natural channel of a renewed insight into his own part and lot in Christ, into Christ as his own rest and power, into the ‘perfect freedom’ of an entire yielding of himself to his Master for His work”
(H.C.G. Moule).

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