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HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 13: Not building Up Your Faith

Rom 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” NIV

If you do not build your faith up, you are heading for a painful disaster. How can you build your faith up? By reading and meditating God’s Word, by communicating with our loving God. Without working on your relationship with God, you will not be able to hear from him. Here is a clear illustration on this subject:

“The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher. Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn’t God answer?” The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply — something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair. “Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will move closer to hear Him.” This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still, small voice. . . the gentle whisper. Perhaps there’s a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God.”

Author Unknown

Mark 6:5-6 “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” NIV

Jesus could hardly do any miracles in his hometown. Why? Because of their lack of faith.

Contrast this with His reception at the land of Gennesaret: Mark 6:53-56 “When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went-into villages, towns or countryside-they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.” NIV

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