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According to your faith be it unto you

‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ Matthew 9:29

Let me ask you a simple question. Is there one specific thing- desire – that you want more than anything else in this world? Is your God able to bring this to pass? Have you prayed fervently for this specific thing? If the answers to all the above are yes, yes and yes then allow me one more question. Do you have the faith to believe that God will answer your prayers?

No one can answer that but you. ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’

I remember many years ago when I was in Sunday School. I would have been about 6 or 7 at the time and there would have been around a dozen in our Sunday School class. We sat on chairs in a circle with our teacher in the middle. Each week we would learn a verse of a Psalm, a verse of Scripture (which I still remember to this day) and our catechism.

One day our teacher took out of her bag a beautiful gold pocket watch. It was by far the most beautiful thing that any of us had ever seen. She placed it in the palm of her hand and went around the class offering it to each of us in turn. None of us took her up on her offer. Why? Well we all thought that she was kidding as this was just too good a gift for us to accept. She spoke later that morning about simple faith. The lesson that morning – take God at His Word!

Children are less likely to question things than adults are. We turn things upside down and inside out looking at them from all angles before we either accept or reject. By nature we are sceptical at best. Before we trust someone they must earn that trust, it is not a natural reaction for us. We may have confidence in the few close friends that we do eventually trust. They are however sinners and in time they to may let us down!

Has there ever been a time in your life when God has let you down?

There may have been times and situations when we have been hurt or tried beyond what we have thought to be just, but that does not mean that God has been unfaithful. The loss of a loved one, unemployment, ill health, pain, loss of income and stress are all hard blows to accept, yet God has upheld and kept us through such. If He gives the needed grace for all occasions that we experience is He not worthy of our trust?

Have there been times in the past when the Lord has answered your prayers in spectacular fashion? Has He ever answered a prayer while it remained a simple thought in your mind? Has God ever failed you? If not, then surely He is worthy of our trust. We do not need to be brain surgeons to work this out!

If, my friend you doubt that God will answer your specific request then test it against Scripture. Is what you are asking for within the circumference of God’s revealed Will? In other words, is what you are asking for sinful or questionable? If not, then my friend you may have every confidence that such a request may be granted. ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’

Many have waited many a long year for their prayers to be answered. This does not mean to say that their request has been denied. A delay does not mean no! God may have required that their faith be strengthened through exercise. Patience will not be granted overnight!

There is nothing as disheartening for the Christian soul as unanswered prayer. We all know what it is like when we feel as though we are spitting feathers and the heavens are as brass. It takes faith just to cling on! It is a fact that because we live in the ‘instant’ age we are disappointed if we do not see results as quickly as we would like. We have grown accustomed to a ‘flick a switch’ lifestyle, but that is not the way of the Bible. Do you give your children everything that they ask for, immediately?

If you and I have faith my friend then you may be sure that it will be tested. It may even be the case that if the Lord has given you a promise, the knife may well be put to the throat of the promise before being granted. The joy of answered prayer is sweeter than honey to the needy soul. ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’

No doubt the two blind men following Jesus, tripped and stumbled their way towards Him. This seems to express my walk in following the Good Shepherd! They did however make their requests know unto God. They cried out to Him first of all for mercy. He asked them, if they believed that He was able to do this. When they answered, ‘Yea, Lord’ He touched their eyes and said, ‘according to your faith be it unto you.

They received the one thing the wanted the most, they received their sight! Just imagine! The first Person they saw with their eyes was Jesus. My soul rejoices at such a thought.

I pray that our God will indeed answer your prayers today in like manner as He answered the two blind men. May He touch all our eyes today that we may see no man save Jesus only. This is my prayer for you today and I could not think of anything better. I’ll close with the verses that close this chapter in Matthew.

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciple, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

NOTE: I met my Sunday School teacher a number of years ago and I reminded her of that particular lesson. She said, ‘If you had accepted the watch Iain, it would have been yours to keep!’