Instructions on Prayer from the Master

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 11:22-26

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.” (v. 22)

The bedrock of prayer is faith. We pray because we believe in God. And praying means we believe that God cares about us and wants to help us. How different than praying routinely or out of habit. True prayers are sincere and from the heart. And they arise from faith.

If we truly believe in God, we naturally turn to him knowing that he has the answer to whatever we are facing. Scottish theologian William Barclay puts it this way: “If we have real faith, prayer is a power which can solve any problem and make us able to deal with any difficulty” (Daily Study Bible).

Such a power was witnessed by a friend who a while back went out to cross-country ski on an extremely cold January morning. An experienced skier, my friend fearlessly set out despite a dangerously low wind chill. It wasn’t long until his hands began to freeze and were in excruciating pain. Unable to hold his poles or release his skis, he thought he was going to die. He then cried out what was the shortest but most sincere prayer he ever prayed: “Jesus, please help me!”

Almost immediately the pain and numbness subsided. Color started coming back into his exposed left hand and within thirty seconds his hands were restored to their normal state. God had answered his prayer. Prayers need not be long. But they do need to be said in faith.—John Koedyker

As you pray, turn to God sincerely and with faith, sharing whatever you are facing today.