Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Thursday, August 15, 2019

Theme: DEMANDS OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP

Text: “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God” – Mark 11:22

Comment: The Holy Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. – (Hebrews 11:1,6) As humans, we desire so many things from God but such things will not be given us if we do not exercise implicit faith in Him.  Jesus Christ admonished us that if we pray to God with faith, and do not doubt, our request will be answered by God. (Matthew 21:21, 22)  On an occasion, when the disciples were in a boat and Jesus Christ was walking on the sea, St. Peter’s faith moved him to step out of their boat and walk on the sea like his master Jesus Christ. But the moment he started to doubt on experiencing the gusts of wind, he began to sink. “…And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” – Matthew 14:28-31.

 

James the Apostle gave the understanding that as true Christians, when we pray to God for something, we should not doubt, for if we doubt, our prayers will not be answered.  (James 1:5-7) Therefore, whatever may be our need (food, shelter, clothing, matrimonial partner, fruit of the womb, employment, etc) we should exercise implicit faith in God because if God caters for the birds and the lilies of the field, He will also provide for us so long as we give ourselves wholeheartedly to the doing of righteousness. – Matthew 6:25-33.

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