“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24
Recently I called a customer care number and told the executive who answered the call that I am no longer using the service as much and I feel that what I pay is much higher than what I actually use. I told him that I am planning to cancel my service. I was surprised to hear him say, “Okay, please stay on the line. Let me do the cancelation for you.”
I remember calling the same customer care several months ago and asking them to cancel my account as I no longer had the adapter, without which I was not able to make calls. Immediately that person made arrangements to send a new adapter to me. He also told me that he would not charge me for the new adapter. He tried at any cost not to cancel my account, as he didn’t want to lose a customer. That makes sense.
What is the difference between these two guys? Both of them work for the same company. Both of them handle calls from their customers. Both of them get paid. But one tried keeping the customer and the other never bothered about losing a customer, but still he did his job.
I worked with two offshore teams earlier and I have seen many types of people from these teams. There are those who accomplish their assigned task, and leave for the day, showing no concern for the work remaining for the rest of the team. The rest of the people would complete their assigned tasks and call me to ask if they could help others with their pending tasks. Let us leave alone the other people who never bother doing either of these. J Just doing only the assigned work is completely different from working as a team to accomplish the team goals.
In the same way, how you pray for others matters. Praying just because someone asked us to pray is different from praying with a true burden in our hearts. Praying with true burden in our hearts is different from praying with faith on the living God.
Faith, true faith, is so hard sometimes. I often wonder why we have more faith in a chair than we do in God. If you had the slightest notion that a chair would fail in its duty to support you, would you sit in it? No. But you sit in the chair because you have 100% faith that it will support you. Are we willing to put that kind of faith in God, never having the slightest doubt that He will support us?
Yes, ‘True burden + Faith + Prayer = Victory’! :)