The Obligation to Believe
Daily Devotional for July 18th
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. Matthew 17:15-17
There is a very popular misunderstanding in the body of Christ today regarding prayer. We tend to think that if we pray about something and the answer does not come, then it obviously was not God’s will or intention to answer that prayer. While we do realize that we can ask amiss concerning things, we must also realize that unanswered prayer is as much to do with our unbelief than anything else.
Do we nonchalantly approach prayer? Is their the attitude that we will pray but it is up to the Lord whether the answer comes? But there is a point in which getting in touch with God and praying correctly is critical. Your prayer of faith is a matter of life and death to some people? Some people are counting on you to know how to pray and get in touch with God.
As we see in this scripture, the failure to see this young boy delivered was not on the shoulders of God, but on the disciples themselves. The concerned father could have just accepted defeat and endured the rest of his life watching the devil torment his son, but he persisted to come to Jesus. Why? It was because he knew Jesus was willing to deliver. When the answer to your prayer does not come easily, do you cave in or do you persist?
Jesus revealed the reason why the boy was not delivered with the words “O faithless and perverse generation.” Is it possible that the will of God to deliver someone can be blocked by our unbelief? The answer sadly is Yes! Having faith is very uncomfortable to us, but we must learn how to believe God and see answer to our prayers.
We do not have the luxury of walking in unbelief today. Life’s tragedies demand that we get it right. When people bring their needs to you and say “please pray over this matter with me;” we have a duty, and obligation to enter the throne room of Heaven by faith on their behalf. If we pray and the answer does not come, we must not dismiss it as an unwillingness on the part of God, but rather our unbelief. You have an obligation to pray and believe God. Once God’s promise is joined with the prayer of faith, the power of God will come to deliver in that situation. Is your unbelief standing in the way of God’s will?