Recently I began studying the Psalms. When I came to Psalm 6, God opened my eyes to something. And by the title of the post, you may have guessed it! I lack faith! To be a little more specific, I lack faith in prayer. David prayed for deliverance from his enemies for the first 8 verses, then in the last two, he is so confident that God will answer his prayer, that he speaks as if God has already done it!
The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
Psalm 6:9-10 (emphasis added)
I don’t pray like this! I don’t doubt that God can answer my prayers. I simply doubt that He will choose to! So I don’t pray. Or I don’t pray specifically. I definitely don’t pray with the confidence that my Father who loves me so completely that He gave everything for me, pulled me from the miry pit of my own making, and filled me with life will definitely answer!
Lord, let me not be like the double-minded man, doubting You, Your character, and Your promises!
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Instead, let me earnestly seek You in prayer asking all things according to Your will, believing that You will do all You have promised according to Your character.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
1 John 5:14-15
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”