I've still been grappling with the issue of believing God. Mom gave me a great book by Beth Moore on that subject several years ago. Mom told me that book had changed the way she thought of the promises of God's Word. The book is entitled "Believing God". I have read it a couple of times but I need to read it again.
In that book Beth talks about how most of believe God did the things the Bible said He did and that He can do what the Bible says He can do. However most of us just don't believe that God wants to do those things for us.
That's my problem. How do I believe that He will do what His Word says He will do for me? I have had prayers answered in miraculous ways. But as my daughter shared with me, there have been many times I've prayed believing that it would happen but it never seemed to come about. So now what?
In one of Dad's notes he wrote:
The whole secret of prayer is found in the words of Jesus, John 15:7. Here is prayer that has unbounded power. There is a way of asking and receiving exactly what we ask. The first condition is, 'IF you abide in Me'".
John 15:7 (New International Version)
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Then Dad wrote: How do you get connected to the Vine?
The answer to that question is complex but crucial. It is vital to surrender ourselves to Christ on a daily (and even hourly) basis. Dad wrote:
Surrender is the wisest thing you can ever do! Surrender to live a holy life for the glory of God. Sanctify yourself. Set yourself apart unto God, telling God that you love Him and want to be like Him.
I John 3:22 (The Message)
We're able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we're doing what he said, doing what pleases him.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Dad had a lot more to say on the subject but for now I'll leave these Words of Jesus:
John 15:9-11 (The Message)
"I've loved you the way
my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep
my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what
I've done—kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love. "I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.