Thando: “My tummy is sore!”
Me: “Okay, let’s pray for it”
Me after a short prayer: “ Thando uright ?”
Thando: “Mmmm, I’m waiting for Jesus to make me better”
Thando: “Jesus can you make my tummy well now?”
So at this point, I was so tempted to say; “go play and before you know it you will be feeling better!” But then I realized I wanted to ease the pressure off Jesus having to deliver. So I stopped myself and kept quiet and when she was ready she started playing again and her tummy was fine. The truth is He is the Almighty God and He doesn’t need me to ease the pressure off Him. Elijah knew this very well and because of this those who worshiped Baal saw God’s power. Our God specializes in the impossible.
I was once like Thando, brave enough to pray and expect Jesus to answer immediately but then life happened to me and I realized I don’t always get what I ask for. This made me start trusting Him little less and I started making trusting a little less. I started making safe prayers. A safe prayer sounds something like “Jesus I’m in pain please heal me if it is Your will amen”.
But of course, Your father does not want to see you in pain – it cannot be His will that you suffer. Since COVID-19 started I’ve been praying a lot and I thought about all the people that could be joining in this spiritual warfare but they are not because they don’t trust God as much as they used to. They feel defeated because they have prayed before and nothing happened.
James says:”fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” I want to take this opportunity to remind you that He is on your side and He has always been. He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Use the currency of faith to speak things that are not as though they are. Matthew says:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Be bold like Thandolwethu and pray with an expectation and most importantly don’t be apologetic about asking your Father to deliver on a promise He made. Hold on to His word because; ” in the beginning was the word the word was with God and the word was God.” Faith like Thando’s simply requires that we stand on His word and believe Him for it to come to pass.