Sixteen days on the road make me very appreciative of my little house and the ability to return to my usual routine. And so, this morning found me back on my favorite loveseat with Bible, journal, and coffee in hand—after doing a 6 AM radio interview for a station in Michigan, that is!
This morning’s devotional gem came from Mark 11:22-24—“Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve receive it, it will be yours.’”
Everyone has a personal mountain of some sort. It might be a difficult family relationship. It may involve parenting a child with special needs or caring for a senior parent who insists on living independently despite the obvious challenges. It might be dealing with the fallout of abuse or addictions. Maybe it’s struggling with a failing marriage, chronic illness, weight loss, or financial stress.
Mountains seem impassable. They tower over us, looming big and sometimes scary, and we cower in their shadow. Jesus knows this, and He offers a new perspective that ought to transform our cower posture into one of confidence and courage.
Jesus tells us to face our mountain and take authority over it by faith in the living God and His overcoming power:
- “Fear about my family’s well-being—may you be lifted up and thrown into the sea!”
- “Anxiety over finances—be lifted up and thrown into the sea!”
- “Addiction to comfort food—be lifted up and thrown into the sea!”
No mountain can stand against God’s power. Do we truly believe that? I hope so, for belief is the key to seeing that mountain move. Sometimes we have to speak words that help build our faith—I do so by thanking God in advance for what He’s going to do long before I see an answer to my pleas. My prayer would then sound like this: “Fear about my family’s well-being—may you be lifted up and thrown into the sea! I praise You, heavenly Father, for loving my family and for being sovereign in their lives. And I thank You in advance for what You’re going to do in answer to my prayers on their behalf. In Jesus name, amen.”
What mountain looms over you today? How can you take these sample prayers and apply them to your situation?