I heard this term ~ "the unbelieving believer" ~ this morning at my mother’s church ~ for the very first time. It really got me to thinking about how we as believers pray for something but tend to be shocked when the prayer is answered. We put our petitions before God about a special need ~ a lost loved one ~ a crisis ~ and we pray and pray and pray but we often lose hope and stop praying because we don’t believe God is going to answer the prayer.
I know that I have been an unbelieving believer at times in my life. And I also know what God says about that. In Mark 11:22-24 it says And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. In James 1: 5-7 it says If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 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. God clearly wants us to believe when we pray.
The point is if we perserve and keep praying ~ keep believing that He will answer ~ He will do so ~ it may be ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ ~ but He will answer according to His Will. And how much more victory ~ how much more happiness ~ will we have in our lives if we become "believing believers."
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