Admiral Samuel DuPont played a significant role in the United States Navy. He was victorious in many battles at sea and is also credited with improving the curriculum at the Naval Academy and his forward thinking to make 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 as to why he was defeated. After listening carefully, his superior said to him, “There’s one more reason. You did not believe you could win.”
Our doubts defeat and destroy us. When we pray and doubt, doubt cancels our prayers and makes them ineffective. Why? Faith and doubt cannot exist together in the same prayer. It’s “either/or.”
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 for believers.
God will answer the prayers of believers. However, for God to hear our prayers we must first forgive others, have no grudges, pray unselfishly for things that benefit God’s Kingdom, and seek His will in our lives.
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 tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.