‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him [Abraham], “So shall your descendants be.” Then he [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:5-6
Faith takes work on our part. It takes work to align our heart and mind. It takes time to learn to believe for what we ask from God. I find my own prayer life looks more like Oliver Twist saying ‘Please, Lord, please.’ But we’re God’s children; bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. We read in the Bible that if we have the faith like a mustard seed, the smallest of all, we can move mountains.
But there’s a catch … We have to believe for it.
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Matthew 9:20-22: A woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
Would I have this much faith? This woman had the faith because she had to. She had been dealing with this disease for twelve years. She had exhausted all other means of healing. When everything else was gone, she only had her faith in the Messiah. She didn’t say ‘please’; she believed and went boldly to Jesus, even if it was only the hem of His garment.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16
We should not be afraid to be bold and ask our Lord for what we need. He knows what we need and we have no need to ask in faith and not in fear. We only need to believe it and wait for it.