Today’s Thoughts, Romans 4:18, 20-21

by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 19, 2008

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:18, 20-21)

This is the definition of faith! Certainly Hebrews tells us that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1) but Paul gives us a perfect example of faith and what it is! This is exactly what the individual does when they place their trust in Christ alone! Against all hope, they believe in the promise of God where Jesus stated, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1) It is the simple trust of the person who realizes that Jesus alone can rescue them from sin and eternal death. However, there is also an important key here that some may miss unless they are aware of just what else faith does. Faith not only saves a person, it also gains us access to the throne of God. Without it you have no hope whatsoever of God hearing or acknowledging your prayers. Why? Because faith places the person’s trust entirely in the hands of God. Like Abraham the person who has faith is “fully persuaded that God [has] the power to do what he [has] promised!”

Spurgeon stated, “If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes.”

There are those who ignorantly think that prayer is a wish list or that it is a ritual you do in order to appease God. And while some rightly equate prayer as a conversation with God, you cannot truly have an intimate conversation with someone whom you have not been introduced to and they certainly will not care a thing in the world about you if you do not know them well. Faith therefore opens the flood gates of heaven simply because one who places their faith in the One who can be trusted completely. Our faith becomes our righteousness because we place our trust in Jesus our Lord. It was He who “was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification!” (Romans 4:25) Without faith it is impossible to please God, but even more than that, God cannot hear your prayers nor act on them without your faith in His Son and “being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised!” (Romans 4:21)

Now, let me ask you: Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? If not, then perhaps this is why your prayers have gone unanswered. If you are not fully persuaded that God will do what He has promised to do through Jesus His Son, then why should He listen to or acknowledge you? The first prayer you should speak to God then should be voicing your willingness to come to Jesus by faith alone and asking God’s forgiveness for your unbelief. He will hear your prayer and answer it I promise you. It is based on His promise.

NOTE: This article is copyrighted by Pastor Lee Hemen © 2008 and the property of Pastor Lee Hemen. You are welcome to copy it, email it, or use it but please if you copy it, email it, or use it you must do so in its entirety. This devotional will follow Morning by Morning by C H Spurgeon. You may use it however you desire.

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