Monday, August 15, 2011

When Doubt Destroys

Admiral Samuel DuPont, recognized by many as having played a significant role in the United States Navy, was victorious in many battles at sea. He is also credited with improving the curriculum at the Naval Academy and for his forward thinking in making navy ships more effective.

However, on one of his missions he suffered a humiliating defeat. He went to his commanding officer and presented his reasons for being defeated. After listening carefully, his superior said to him, “There’s one more reason. You did not believe you could do it.”

Our doubts defeat and destroy us. When we pray and doubt, doubt cancels our prayers and makes them ineffective. Faith and doubt cannot exist together in the same prayer.

On one occasion, Jesus said to His disciples, “Have faith in God…All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart…You can pray for anything and have it.” That’s a great beginning.

God only answers the prayers of believers, we must forgive others and have no grudges, we must pray unselfishly for things that benefit God’s Kingdom.

Prayer: Lord, we know the rules of prayer are quite simple - but not easy to fulfill. Help us to live right, do right, and pray right. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

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