Have you ever heard someone say they “believe in the power of prayer?”
As a Christian, I agree with this statement… somewhat.
See, I don’t believe that a prayer in itself has power. My own lifting up words of praise and petition is not powerful. What is powerful–who is powerful– is the One I’m praying to.
I once heard a pastor liken the Christian and his/her relationship with Jesus to a person walking across ice. That person could have all the confidence and ability and faith in the world, but if the ice is too thin, they will fall right through.
Alternatively, a person could have just enough faith to simply step on the ice, and if it’s thick, sturdy, trustworthy ice, they will make it across.
Our walk, then, about how much faith or ability we have, but about how much power and ability the One we put our faith in has.
And I believe that if your prayers are to Jesus, if your relationship is with Him, you’re putting faith in the thickest ice that will ever exist.
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20
I loved that ice analogy, and thought about a little more.
If I stepped on that thin ice with confidence and fell through– or, say, put my trust in something not very trustworthy– and then later got to walk on that thick ice, I would probably be very, very grateful for that thick sturdy ice after experiencing the shivering cold water beneath the thinner ice.
So when we commit to Jesus, we are amazed at the perfect Provider, caretaker, Friend, and Father He is. We walk with Him and know He is meant to be our firm foundation.
But… that thin ice looks just the same. Maybe even like a shortcut on some parts of our walk.
“Just this once, maybe I can make it across that thin ice…”
(“Just this once, maybe I can turn to drugs/alcohol/food/control/gossip”)
Crash. It never works. The ice is too thin.
Jesus is the only firm foundation we can put full and complete trust in.
Jesus said… “no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:26
Have you decided to walk with Jesus?