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Believing the Invisible

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Date: April 3, 2012
Blog: “Believing the Invisible” by Pastor David Gonzalez

Type of Fast: No caffeine, 100% juice, eat vegetables after 5pm
Target: Financial prosperity for faithful tithers

James 1:6-7
I heard a supposedly true story of a Welsh woman who lived in a remote valley in Wales. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have electrical power installed in her home. However, after a couple of months, the electric company noticed she didn’t seem to use very much electricity at all.

Thinking there might be a problem with the hookup, they sent a meter reader out to check on the matter. The man came to the door and said, “We’ve just checked your meter and it doesn’t seem that you’re using much electricity. Is there a problem?” “Oh no” she said. “We’re quite satisfied. We turn on the electric lights every night to see when we light up our lamps and candles and then we turn them off again.”

Now, why didn’t this woman make more use of her electricity? She believed in electricity. She believed the promises of the electric company when they told her about it. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have her house wired for it. But she didn’t understand the potential of electricity in her home. And so, she used its power sparingly.

I suppose there are people who use prayer very much the same way. They believe in prayer, they know of the promises of God, they’ve even read and heard stories about answered prayers, but they use the power of prayer sparingly.

I believe that the reason why this happens (at least for some Christians) is because many don’t understand how prayer works. And many people believe it doesn’t really matter whether they pray or not. They either believe God is going to do, what God is going to do anyway – so why bother!? OR – they regard prayer as a last resort after all of their other efforts have failed. Sort of like the “Hail Mary” pass in football. They throw it up in the air and hope it reaches the desired destination. They’ll pray a little bit. They’ll throw up occasional appeals, but in their hearts, they don’t view prayer as making that big of an impact on the decisions they make every day.

If you pray and believe in the things you can’t see your faith will grow. Faith needs a life of prayer for its full growth. There can be no true prayer without faith; some measure of faith must precede prayer. And yet prayer is also the way to more faith; there can be no higher degrees of faith except through much prayer. Prayer is the one hand with which we grasp the invisible; fasting is the other hand, with which we let loose and cast away the visible.

It is in prayer, in the exercise of faith and the fellowship with the living God, that faith can increase. Faith can only live by feeding on what is Divine, which is on God Himself.

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