|Friends, today in the Gospel Jesus demonstrates the power of the prayer of faith. Have you noticed how Jesus, time and again, says to people before working a miracle, “Do you believe I can do this?” Once, Matthew tells us, Jesus was unable to perform many miracles because he met with so little faith among the people.
Lots of people today, especially in the healing ministry, seem able to reproduce what Jesus did, precisely because of the purity of their faith. Is part of our problem simply a lack of faith? We allow our skepticism to get the better of us; we’re just a little embarrassed by asking God for things, or we’re convinced that he is a distant power only vaguely connected to our lives.
Can you hear the simple faith in the opening line of Jesus’ great prayer: “Abba in heaven…”? Another astonishing line of Jesus in this regard is this: “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” Even before you receive it, believe that it is yours and give thanks for it, blithely confident that you will receive it.