“And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”–Matthew 21:20–22
Do you remember the old song,”Did You Think to Pray”? It begins like this:
Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?
The devotional “Today in the Word” gives us the following story which reminds us of our great need of prayer:
Dr. A. C. Dixon pastored both the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago and Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. Speaking on prayer he said, “When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do, when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we reply upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do; and so on. Nor am I disposed to undervalue any of these things in their proper place. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.”
The challenges that we face are often great. Sometimes they seem to be insurmountable. When we try to deal with life in our own power and ability, we are not going to succeed. God does not leave us on our own, and He does not expect us to face life without Him. When we pray in faith, great things happen because we are talking to a God who is able to do the impossible.
In the final analysis, the great things that are done for God are not done by great people but by a great God working though normal men and women. Those who seek Him though prayer, fully relying on His resources and power, see His power displayed. This is a doorway to success that many of God’s children never even walk through, simply because they do not pray.