“Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” (Eileen Caddy – emphasis mine)
When you ask God for something, do you expect He will answer or do you assume He can’t or won’t give it?
The other day I realized I was praying for something I didn’t even believe would happen. Humanly, it was not possible. I had reasoned it out. No way was it going to happen. I would keep hoping God will work a miracle, but I didn’t expect it of Him.
Whenever I turn a faucet on, I expect water to come out. But when I tap into the conduit of God’s unlimited supply of mercy and power, I don’t really expect anything to flow out. I believe in my head that He can flood me with His goodness, but I don’t always believe He will.
In Mark 9, a man had a son who was possessed by an evil spirit. When the spirit seized him, the boy fell to the ground in a motionless stupor. His teeth gnashed and foam bubbled out of his mouth. At his wit’s end, the father begged Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
The father cried out, “Lord, I believe! Please help my weakness of faith!”
I struggle with the same weakness. I believe He can, but will He? Jesus is infinitely more willing to give than we are to receive. He healed the son in spite of the father questioning His willingness.
I’m so glad it depends on Jesus and His unconditional want-to love, not on our level of faith. However doubting we are, Jesus delights to give freely and fully.
A couple of days after my stumbling faith, my husband called and said, “Our God is an awesome God! He has answered!” Wow! Thank You, Jesus!
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)