Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 20, 2018

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” – “But he must ask in faith without any doubting”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 21:18-22.

“Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry.  Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only;  and He *said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.”  And at once the fig tree withered.

Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?”  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.  And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  Matthew 21:18-22.

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What good is there in a fig tree withering?

What good is there in a mountain being taken up and cast into the sea?

Thus, the focus on this Scripture is not on the point that through our prayer God gives good gifts as our Heavenly Father, although that point is certainly taught by other Scripture.

Instead, the focus of this Scripture is on the point that we should believe and not doubt in order to receive.  “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  Verse 22.

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  James 1:6-8.

There are too many that pray with doubt.  Here are some examples.

Some just focus on some Christian somewhere in the world who did not receive something for which they likewise prayed, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some try to somehow protect God’s honor by “leaving God an out” to not grant their request, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some focus so much on the “if it is Your will” part of the prayer, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some scoff so much at the “name it, claim it” people, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some do not sufficiently know God and think that God is more interested in their self-sufficiency and self-righteousness, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some do not have patience such that when they do not receive something as quickly as they want, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some take their eyes of God and put their eyes on man or put their eyes on the stormy wind and rough waves of life, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some do not believe that God is “a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrew 11:6), that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some do not believe that God is faithful, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some believe in the free-will of man, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some are much more focused on what they think that they should do for God than they are focused on what God has done for them and what God has promised in His Word to do for them, that there is doubt in their prayer.

Some do not believe that all things belong to them because they are in Christ, that there is doubt in their prayer.

“So your life shall hang in doubt before you;  and you will be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life.” Deuteronomy 28:66.

But, there is hope! 

Although our faith is weak, our focus is poor, and our attention and grip on Jesus is fleeting;  Jesus’ faith is strong, Jesus’ focus is fixed on God, and Jesus’ attention, reach, and grip on us never fails.    

Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:31.


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