... calls into existence the things that do not
the faith of God.
It would appear
that God acted on the principle of faith in the creation of the
world. When He said to non-existent light, "Let there be light",
there was light. It is this same kind of creative faith we are
called upon to exercise, the very faith of God. "Now faith means
... being certain of things we cannot see" (Heb. 11:1,
Phillips), and this conception opens to us a limited realm
scientist Dr Alexis Carrel writes: "Prayer is a force as real as
terrestrial gravity ... it is the only power in the world that
seems to overcome the so-called laws of nature".
In prayer, God
places in our hands a kind of omnipotence, enabling us to overcome
even immutable natural law. Hear the affirmation of the Master,
"Therefore, I say to you, whatever you ask for in your
prayers, believe it granted and it will be granted" (Mark 11:24,
And if that is
not sufficient to kindle expectation and stimulate faith, consider
this: "If two of you shall agree ... as touching anything
that they shall ask, it shall be done for them ..." (Matt.
so beset by unbelief is the human heart, that these staggering and
all-inclusive promises -"whatever", "anything' - instead of
stimulating our faith tend to paralyze it.
The mind busily
sets to work to conjure up reasons why these universal words
cannot mean exactly what they say. But they do mean exactly
what they say.
always shackled omnipotence. Faith releases its might. And faith
is not credulity, it is confidence. It rests its weight on the
divine warrant of the infallible Word. It joyously believes that
to the God who "calls into existence the things that do not
exist", nothing is impossible.