I’m afraid that the charismatics have stolen something from us. Well, in all actuality, we’ve lost something for fear of being too much like them. What we’ve lost is the belief in a God who can do great things, a God that very much transcends the physical realm. We’ve lost faith in an all powerful creator, a God who can perform miracles. Now I don’t say any of this because I believe that Christ has given unto us apostolic authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, or cast our devils. But I do believe there are a great many things that God can do, and would do, if only we’d allow Him.
We say often that the God we serve can move mountains, as is referenced in verse 23 of this chapter; but do we truly believe that? The Jesus who cursed the barren fig tree a few verses earlier, is the same Christ we serve today! I believe when He said, “ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you” that He meant it! Oh, to have the faith of many saints of old, and saints today! How George Muller prayed for provision and it was met in the most miraculous of ways; and Amy Carmichael prayed for converts and faithful witnesses, and the needs were met.
An old preacher once said, “One day, some child of God is going to pick up the book of God and believe it, then we are all going to be ashamed!” How true! So, let us be right: forgiving men their trespasses, as our heavenly Father also forgives us. Let us also pray and petition the throne of grace, in accordance with the revealed will of God through His Word. Then, only then, let us pray believing. For in that prayer of faith we will always find an answer from the all powerful God.