Now I speak to every mountain of fear, every mountain of discouragement, every mountain of stress, every mountain of depression, every mountain of lack and insufficiency, and I say, “Be removed and cast into the sea in Jesus name.
On a recent trip to Thompson, Manitoba, my husband and I traveled for none hours north of Winnipeg along a beautiful highway, through forests and bypassing a few scattered, small towns. Not once did we see a dip in the road until we were almost at our destination. Manitoba does not have any mountains, nor does it have very many hills … at least as far as we drove.
On other trips, we traveled through the Rocky Mountains on both sides of the border. Wherever we look we see the majestic beauty of God’s Creation in those mountains. The tree covered hills of the eastern states are also filled with beauty but they, too, are hills, not mountains.
Have you ever felt as if you had a mountain in your life, an obstacle so big that you could not see a solution, a way around it. It could be a mountain of debt, or a mountain of pain. Mountains of this sort come in all sizes and what seems to be a hill to one person is a mountain to another. People who are confronting a mountain need prayer.
The Bible, in Mark 11, verses 22-24 says, “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.” Jesus recognized that people who stand alone are vulnerable. They are so overpowered by the mountain in their life that they can’t see beyond it. It’s overwhelming and can be a source of discouragement.
I remember a time when I was facing a mountain. It loomed larger than its surroundings, blocking out anything else in the room. As soon as I prayed, I began to see the problem from God’s perspective and it was no longer unmanageable. Jesus reminds us that prayer tethered to belief can move mountains.
This is what we offer to anyone we pray for or with. We can help them see the mountain, or problem, from God’s perspective. We can point them to the one who has the answers, and the one who has the resources to accomplish all that we need Him to do in our life … if only they believe. Prayer is a catalyst for change and a lifeline to the source of the all-powerful God of Creation. Who has God asked you to pray for today? Will you stop and obey … right where you are?