Prayer and Doubt

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24.

Dear Jesus, why do I feel so tired today? I went to bed early last night! I thought to myself as I worked in the emergency room. And why are body fluids suddenly nauseating me? I can handle a little blood—I’m a nurse.

Then the thought came to me that my body wasn’t functioning normally. Could this really be happening? But didn’t I pray for this, God? I had this on my list, so why do I now doubt Your response to my prayer? Really, though, I wasn’t expecting You to answer me so quickly—I’ve only been married a year. Surely You would want me to spend some quality time with my husband. . . Lord, I couldn’t be pregnant, could I?.

I couldn’t concentrate on work, so I asked my supervisor for permission to be excused for a few minutes. I really needed to know.

So much anxiety overwhelmed me that I bought myself a pregnancy kit. And to my surprise the indicator registered blue. Blue! Let me do this again. So I purchased another kit, and this time—it was still blue. I didn’t know how to respond, what to do, or whom to call. I was pregnant!

How many times have we asked God for something, yet lacked faith in Him, not believing that He would answer our prayers in His own time, not in ours. “O ye of little faith” (Matt. 6:30). Where is our faith? “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

Today you may have received an answer to a prayer—a prayer that you prayed long ago. Trust and believe that this is the answer to your prayer. But if you have never prayed a prayer, pray and believe today, and God will respond.

Lord, today help me to trust You with my life, knowing that You will do what is best for me. Thank You, God, for blessing me with this wonderful child. Thank You for answering my prayer.

Shelly-Ann Patrucia Zabala 


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