My Favorite Faith Ilustration
In his book Faith Papers, S.A. Keen tells my favorite story that illustrates faith. A distressed man came to him in tears and poured out his problem. Keen responded, "I'll handle the situation for you."
A look of relief spread across the man's face. He dried his tears and went his way. Keen kept his word and handled the problem.
Two days later he met the man on the street, and Keen expected him to ask about the situation. After visiting and preparing to leave, the man made no mention of the matter. "Your matter is all adjusted," Keen finally said.
"Oh," he replied, "I knew it would be. I had no anxiety about it, because you said you would attend to it."
Simply on Keen's word, the man had rested. That same rest and freedom from anxiety can be ours when we pray until we know we believe God's Word regarding our problems.
Such prayer is usually prompted by a heavy concern, one that causes us to feel that we must have an assurance God has heard. We begin praying for this specific need and continue praying until God witnesses that He has heard.
The Holy Spirit can give us as clear assurance as any person can. We then please Him by being as free from worry about our concern as was S.A. Keen's friend.
Thank You, Father, for making it possible for me to give my burdens to You.
"Casting the whole of your care--all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all--on Him, for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully" (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified).