The entire book of Matthew is how one should strive to live their life; and often times, I refer back to “the Sermon on the Mount” and all of the parables as a reflection of how I should acknowledge difficult situations in my life. It teaches us to love, inspires us to show respect to our enemies, treating them like neighbors, and to simply have faith, just to name a few.
Last week, I had a conversation with my boyfriend regarding prayer. We discussed how we have a select few prayers that require BIG faith. As humans, we are easily discouraged when prayers are not answered on our own schedule. We are consumed with the idea that if the gratification of prayer is not instant, then it is not going to be fulfilled. If I have learned anything about my prayers it is this, “He may not come when you want Him, but He will be there right on time, He is an on time God”.
So when you are feeling hopeless in your prayers, remember, God has you. He has a plan for your life, you just need to pray for His guidance and have a little faith. Speaking of faith, one of my favorite parables is of the Mustard Seed. Matthew 13:31-32.
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Continued prayer, continued guidance, continued wisdom, grows continued faith. If you can imagine having faith the size of a mustard seed, the size of a freckle, with nurturing, it will grow to heights that will move mountains. But it must be nurtured.
We fail as humans, we lose track of time, and forgetting to pray is set aside for tomorrow, or the next day. I wanted to create a reminder for myself to pray steadfast daily. An idea came to mind and as I prayed, the doors opened. Everything I needed, laid out in front of me: Prayer Beads, perfectly and beautifully placed in a location I encounter every single day in my home. More than that, I needed a reminder that my faith was simply required to be the size of a mustard seed, and if I couldn’t muster up the time to pray faithfully, I was doing a poor job communicating with my Heavenly Father to begin with.
As I strung bead after bead, I realized this is not just an aid for my personal prayers, this is an opportunity to become a prayer warrior. To pray fervently for others. And tonight, as I gifted my first prayer bead to the husband of one of the most amazing women I know, I was able to tell the story of the mustard seed and how faith and prayer go hand in hand. This is my promise to pray more, love more, grow faith, and pray for others because that is what our world needs; a hand in hand desire for others to reach their full potential with God’s will for their life.
If you would like purchase a prayer bead, or gift one to a friend, please let me know and it would be my pleasure to not only make you one, but to pray for you! They are $5.
My current BIG faith prayer: guidance on how to get rid of my student loan debt. It is my biggest struggle, it creates anger, and I am praying for financial freedom from this burden. What is your BIG prayer?