Horace Williams Jr. is a fellow blogger who has written some inspiring books on prayer. I’m currently enjoying his new book Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life. Horace writes from personal experience. I invited Horace to encourage us on prayer and introduce his latest book.
A Faith that Moves Mountains
I love images of mountains! They are one of my favorite pieces of God’s creation to use in pictures to complement my writing. My first recollection of mountains is from me as a toddler living in Western Germany. Our tiny military home was at the base of the most majestic snow-capped mountains that climbed high up into the sky.
Then, at age twelve, I almost slid off the side of a mountain in Colorado that summer while hiking with campers. I thought I was a goner! Mountains are a visual reminder of the power of Almighty God. It seems they are enormous and immovable, and in the case of a volcano, they could erupt at any time.
What is so fascinating about mountains is that from ground level, we have no idea what’s going on in those mountains—a mountain lion hunting prey. A herd of goats navigating the mountains’ jagged edges with ease. Or maybe a bald eagle nesting its young high in the mountains. A peaceful stream makes its way down to the river below.
Jesus talked about mountains. When I was young, this scripture confounded me. In Matthew 17, Jesus cast a demon out of a young boy, which the disciples could not do. The disciples questioned why they couldn’t. Read what Jesus said.
Jesus replied, “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” (Matthew 17:20 NIV).
Take note of a few things. First, think how little the disciple’s faith must have been. (Smaller than the tiniest of seeds, the mustard seed.)
It is easy for us Christians to fall into the “trap” of hoping versus believing. Going to God in prayer should not be a last resort or a “dart throw.” When we go to our heavenly Father, we must go to Him with complete faith, believing in His love for us and that He knows what is best. That is how we achieve powerful prayers.
Did you catch that last sentence of Matthew 17:20? “Nothing will be impossible with you.” So, let me ask you this. Do you believe Jesus? What about this verse?
“I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT).
Let me help you wrap your head around the mountains that ONLY our faith in God can help you move.
- Mountain of Anxiety
- Mountain of Doubt
- Mountain of Discouragement
- Mountain of Fear
- Mountain of Loneliness
- Mountain of Financial Obstacles
- Mountain of Hopelessness
- Mountain of Worry
- Mountain of Grief
Is there a “mountain” that you need to lay at the feet of Jesus right now? Maybe you’re “faced” with some of these mountains right now. Or possibly something similar? If not, you will have to face insurmountable mountains at some point. Will you have at least a mustard seed faith or try to face things alone?
Start practicing praying in faith with complete faith in the God with the power to create the heavens and the earth—a God who empowered Elijah to call down fire from heaven. Who gave Jesus the ability to raise Lazarus from the dead and Himself raised from the dead three days after His brutal crucifixion.
When you trust God with the “small” things, and He reveals Himself to you, it becomes easier to confidently bring those “mountains” before His throne of grace. When you experience his power in your life, your relationship with Him deepens, and there is no fear when you face mountains, regardless of the size. That mustard seed is growing!When you trust God with the “small” things, and He reveals Himself to you, it becomes easier to confidently bring those “mountains” before His throne of grace. #prayer @Pleasing2Potter Click To Tweet
God Wants You to Ask!
I love the Bible story about the blind man Jesus healed. Look at what happened.
And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God (Luke 18:40-43 NASB 1995).
Jesus knew the man was blind and destitute. However, He wanted the man to ASK HIM, just like you and me. Jesus wants us to bring Him our concerns, fears, and frustrations. He encourages us to be persistent in our praying and to persevere (Matthew 7:7).
I was talking with a sister in Christ who told me that my story inspired her as she still awaited hearing from her prodigal daughter.
“Keep the faith!” I replied. My parents prayed for me for over forty years. At age five, I asked Jesus into my heart, but I was forty-six when I recommitted my life to Christ.
So, I encourage you to keep asking, knocking, and SEEKING GOD’S WILL in EVERY circumstance. When you do that, you know that the Father hears your prayers and will answer you in His perfect timing.
“Give ALL Your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).
Just remember to THANK GOD when he does move your mountains!
Are Your Prayers Powerful?
This is a sampling of the brand-new study guide I wrote as a sequel to my award-winning book on the power of prayer. It was published in paperback to encourage readers to slow down and reflect on their prayer life. Filled with lots of room to take notes, answer questions, and reflect on the changes or enhancements you intend to apply to your prayers. There are also prayer prompts to help you get started in an area that may be weak or unsure of what to say.
Many of you visiting Debbie’s site today are familiar with prayer. But are your prayers changing lives? Are they going unanswered? Are they God-focused or self-focused? These are just a few poignant questions asked to help take your prayers to a powerful, life-changing level.
I pray that you will recognize the power available to you through prayer and embrace the Father who loves you and enjoys hearing from His children. Let me help you and point you to the best way to have a powerful prayer life. Nothing is better than knowing the lines of communication are open between you and God.
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Horace Williams Jr.
Horace Williams Jr. has released the much-awaited sequel to his award-winning book centered on the incredible influence of prayer – Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life: A Power that Transforms Lives Study Guide with Prayer Prompts.
“Horace Williams Jr. has done it again! This precious man has created an awesome resource about the power of prayer. Daily verses, words of wisdom, thought-provoking questions, and plenty of places to write. This study guide has it all!”
Melanie Redd, Best-selling author, speaker, blogger, and podcaster.
Horace Williams Jr.
Drawing wisdom from his unpredictable life journey, Horace knows that praying with intention and purpose helps us build a deep connection with the Father. Prayer can bring significant changes to our lives, and Horace is committed to helping you tap into that extraordinary power!
In 2010, at the height of his sales and marketing manager career, Horace suffered a massive stroke at the office, which paralyzed his left side. During those times in the hospital, God recaptured his heart and gave him a new purpose in life. Horace now has a burning passion for Christ. God continues to transform him and renew his mind. He wants to use his gift of writing and his testimony to encourage people, reminding them of God’s unconditional love and transforming power. He just published his third inspirational Christian book and is about to begin writing a fourth. For more of his Bible-based content, visit HoraceWilliamsJr.com
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