I’m embarrassed that I’ve given in to so many doubts.
Every action in feeling so down,
Every brain-teaser of thinking so negative
Every blunder of demarcation of doing things wrong is based on our distrust.
Whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours.
Move us in Prayer
to deepen &
to confirm our resolution
Lord we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to
attain what we seek for Your kingdom O God.
Keep us from prayer, that limits You!
Keep us from unbelief
Keep us from thinking that You can’t do it in us & around us
Keep us from the conundrum that we’re to weak & small
Keep us mobilizing others to prayer
Declare to us how Prayer is the greatest contribution to all of history
I read this story
Of a child who was about ten years old, his grandmother promised him
a stamp collecting album for Christmas. Christmas came & went with no
stamp album & no word from Grandma.
The matter, however, was not mentioned, until his friends came to see
his Christmas presents. I was astonished, after he had listed all the gifts
he had received, to hear him add,
“And a stamp album from my grandmother.”
After hearing this several times, I called my son to me & said,
But you didn’t get a stamp album from Grandma. Why did you say you did?”
With a puzzled look on his face, as if I had asked a very strange question,
Well, Grandma said & that is the same as getting it
Not a word from me would sway his faith.
A month passed and nothing else was said about the album. Finally one day,
to test his faith & because I wondered in my own heart why the album had not
I said,”George, I think Grandma has forgotten her promise.”
“Oh no,”he quickly and firmly responded.”She hasn’t.”
I watched his, trusting face, which for a while looked very serious, as if he were
debating the possibility I had suggested. Soon his face brightened as he said,
Do you think it would do any good for me to write Grandma, thanking her for the album?
“I don’t know,” I said,” but you might try it.
A rich spiritual truth then began to dawn on me.
In a few minutes a letter was written & mailed, he went off whistling his confidence
in his grandma.
Soon a letter from Grandma arrived with this message:
My dear George,
I have not forgotten my promise to you for a stamp album.
I could not find the one you wanted here, so I ordered one from New York.
It did not arrive until after Christmas, and it was not the right one.
I then ordered another, but it still has not arrived. I have decided to send
you thirty dollars instead so that you may buy the one you want in Chicago.
Your loving Grandma.
As he read the letter, his face was the face of a victor.
From the depths of a heart that never doubted came the words,
Now, didn’t I tell you?”
“against all hope . . . in hope we believed” Rom 4:18
that the stamp album would come.
And while he was trusting,
Grandma was working,
and in due time faith became sight.
It is only human to want to see before we step out on the promises of God.
Yet our Savior said to Thomas and to a long list of doubters who have followed,
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”