The Lord Provides

It is the name of that Abraham gave to the mountain of sacrifice after God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac his son. For a long time afterward Israelites continued with a saying, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided”. God does provide for us as He has promised. Jesus spoke about God’s provision in the Sermon on the Mount. He said we should be worried or anxious about things like unbelievers but trust God to provide.
Do you pray in faith? During the “Dust Bowl” days the story is told of a circuit riding preacher who was called to come to a small country and lead the members of the church in a special service of prayer seeking God’s blessing of rain that was badly needed to save the crops in the area. When the preacher got up to lead the people in prayer he asked, “Where are your umbrellas?” James tells us God expects us to pray in faith and if we don’t He will not give us our petitions. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But 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. 7For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8) Perhaps the greatest test of our faith is prayer. Do we simply word some request without anticipating God’s answer or do we pray in faith nothing doubting? While Jesus was here on earth He was constantly in communication with the father in prayer. When He faced really difficult or especially significant circumstances we are told He spent the entire night in prayer. It seems if the very Son of God recognized the importance of prayer we should as well. Paul encouraged the church at Thessalonica to “pray without ceasing”. Jesus taught His disciples that they should always “pray and not faint”. How important is prayer to you?

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