As of late, God has been revealing to me the importance of prayer. I know we've all heard that cliche "Prayer changes things", but to truly discover the authority that has been granted to Believers by means of prayer is a topic worth discussing. As I grappled with the idea of prayer, God began to minister to me with revelations of His holy scriptures. One scripture in particular has become the theme of my personal prayer.
According to your faith, be it unto you (Matthew 9:29)
Wow! What a profound statement from our Lord Jesus Christ! One must know the context of the statement before one can understand its depth.
As verse 27 says, "two blind men followed him [Jesus] crying, and saying Thou son of David have mercy on us." This then begs the question, Being blind, How were they able to follow Jesus? I believe the answer lies within their faith. They did not use their disability or insufficiency as an excuse, no. Rather, they followed. It was not a matter for them to bump into a wall, nor was it a concern if they were to fall flat on their faces, for they knew that the Lord was within their reach.
In their hearts they believed that Jesus had the answer to their problems. Likewise, in our prayer lives, we must believe that Jesus "is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"-- to have that same fervor as the blind men is necessary (Hebrews 11:16). Jesus then asked the two blind men, "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" and they responded "Yea Lord" (verse 28). Jesus then responds "According to your faith, be it unto you" (verse 29).
Prayer is power, if it wrought with diligence and belief. As it is stated in James 5:16, "the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much." Let's be mindful of the standard by which we must pray. believe and you will receive.