Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It depends on faith

Romans 4:16
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham for he is the father of all of us.
Mark 9:20-24
Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

God of grace,
thank you for extending your blessing
to "those who share the faith of Abraham".
Abraham trusted,
even when life and experience seemed to prove him wrong.

Give me such trust,
the trust that sees 
beyond the limits of humanity
beyond the power of sin
beyond the failures and violence and injustice
The trust that sees your reign among us.

it depends on faith.
I can't faith any harder,
So I join in the prayer 
of the father whose son needed healing:
"Lord, I believe;
help my unbelief."

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