Glorious Father, I adore You! I worship You! I honour Your Holy Name! Precious Jesus, You are my Saviour and best friend. You know me so well. I love You with all my heart! Holy Spirit, You are within me, around me and without You I am nothing. I declare that you reign in my heart. Amen!
As Christians, we pray to God to change our finances around, to cancel our debt, to heal the sick, to give us a job, to find a wife or husband etc. These are big things for us in our lives as they impact us directly and drastically. So when we are in trouble or the going gets tough, the prayer gets more intense. We ask, fast and pray and as always God comes through for us. It might not be exactly what we asked for or within the time frame we asked for, but He definitely comes through for us. Praise God for who He is and for always knowing the best.
Of late I have been praying for many people, about some serious things and needs and many of these prayers have been answered and I praise God for it and give Him all the glory. However at the same time it made me think. As I was challenged lately with terrible toothache, it made me think hard and deep about why I was trying to run and make appointments at the dentist and feeling so sick about this little Mr Tooth, giving me such a challenge. Well as I was driving to work, feeling sorry for myself because of the pain I have endured for 2 weeks, without being successful to get an opening at the dentist, it struck me between the eyes. How on earth do I pray for people with serious challenges and needs and see God’s miracles appearing in people’s lives, but I leave my own little toothache in the hands of only an appointment at the dentist, which even that I couldn’t get right?
I mean, how pathetic is that? Well dear reader, actually it is not pathetic at all. It was just a moment of disbelief, a moment of loosing focus, a little lack of faith and just for a second or two, forgetting who I am in Christ and what authority I hold. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you must not go to the dentist, doctor or psychologist, because praise God, He gave them the wisdom and power to help us. All I am saying is that we tend to run for every little thing to a doctor, especially if we ourselves or our kids are concerned. Why do we pray for others, but not for ourselves or our kids, like we know we should and could?
The Bible in the book of Mark chapter 5 verses 21 to 43 tells us about how a women who has been subject to bleeding for 12 years was just pushing through the crowd to get to Jesus, simply just to touch His cloak. She did not expect of Him to stop, to turn around or even give up 1 minute of His time for her. She simply wanted to touch His cloak, believing that by being close to Him, touching just His clothes would heal her. How was that for faith? Jesus however knew that power was flowing through Him and when He turned around and found her trembling with fear, he said to her: “daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” What an amazing story of faith. There she was waiting to be healed for 12 years and when Jesus came along, she didn’t wait any longer. She ran and grabbed it, in faith.
The question to myself again was why I am praying for big things within other’s lives but I don’t pray for my own toothache? The answer is very simple. We mostly tend to pray and ask for big things and forget that God also is a God of the small things. He wants to heal our toothache, help us to sleep better. Come on dear reader, face facts, we sometimes simply have little faith.
Where are you right now in your faith? Have you only placed the big things and needs in the Jesus to do box, or do you also trust Him for the little things. Come on dear reader, I challenge you today. If you feel a hint of flue attacking you or even a slight headache or upset stomach affecting your health, don’t prolong. Immediately cancel the attack in the name of Jesus, proclaim healing in the name of Jesus and speak His love and life into the situation. Trust me, with faith and very important, perseverance, it WILL subside. The same applies for any challenge your face of any kind and in any situation.
I pray for you and me not to have little faith, but even to trust God to live and walk in 100% faith, for not only the big things in life, but also the small things. Remember, if we do not address the small things, they sometimes grow into bigger things with greater challenges. I believe in Christ and in His mighty power. I believe that He wants to listen to all your challenges and then to take them and resolve them. Oh and yes, that included even a little bit of toothache!
With lots of love in Jesus Name
PS: Dear reader, please remember that the scripture used are from the New International Version. If the scripture is read in another language and translation it might differ slightly. A verse in the NIV might be a different one in your bible, i.e. Ps 37:3 in the NIV might be Ps 37:4 in your bible. This does not always occur, but has happened in some instances.