Scripture Reading: LUKE 17:5-6
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be yours.”(Mk.11:24)It is important to note, however, that this kind of faith is not something humanly produced; rather, it is a ‘believing faith’ imparted to the believer’s heart by God Himself. It is also important to understand that the word of our Lord in Mark 11:24 must not be taken as an unqualified promise. Whatever you ask, does not mean everything you can think of. The prayer of faith must be based upon the will of God; it never asks for anything foolish or wrong. For the scripture says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”(James 4:3) So the faith required here should be received as a gift of God. He imparts it in the heart of a sincere seeker who lives faithfully according to His will. According to R. Lesser, “Faith is a gift that cannot be learned, or acquired, or bought. It is not a gift like a book or bicycle. It is a relationship. Since relationships cannot be static, it must grow and increase or it will be stagnant and eventually fade and die.”
The Apostles knew that the kind of faith needed for their life in Christ must be active, given from God for good works. Of course they had learnt so many things from their Master, most of which challenged the original teachings they had; so they came to the realization that to fulfil God’s mandate on them, supernatural gift of faith would be needed. So they exclaimed, “Increase our faith.” In order words, the Apostles were asking the Lord to impart in them the needed faith to be able to face the challenging ways of life and the new teachings. Beloved in Christ, faith is very important in the life and actions of believers, because it imbues the believer the needed strength to keep going. Faith helps the believer not to miss the track in the face of daunting challenges of life. Hear the Psalmist, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”(Psa. 27:13-14,NIV) Dear child of God, we need this special strength to keep forging ahead in a world where everything seems hopeless. Let us today sincerely ask the Lord for a producing faith which can only be given when we trust God and rely on Him for everything.
Mic 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-2.3-4a.7-8b.14(R.12b); Accl 2 Cor 5:19; Gosp Mt 12:14-21 WEEKDAY St. Lawrence of Brindisi, P.D (Opt Mem)
- Let us pray this beautiful prayer with Thomas A Kempis, “O Lord, You alone can infuse this virtue in me together with peace of heart. Therefore, I beg You to give me patience, so that I may bear with resignation and joy the pains and sorrows of this exile, and thus enjoy eternal happiness in heaven.” Amen.
Exercise: Have some quiet time today to pray for the impartation of faith in you.
Meditation: Hebrews 11:6