“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” – Matthew 17:20
Mornings on school days in our house can sometimes be rough. It usually starts out well with a beautiful time of connection at breakfast while having Bible time, but sometimes immediately after that it dissolves into surging levels of stress with repeated reminders and frustration as we try to get out the door on time. More often than I care to admit, I have lost my patience with my kids in the chaos and stress.
After one such morning recently, God convicted me during my quiet time with Him that I NEEDED to remain calm and peaceful in the stressful getting-out-the-door time before school. I prayed and asked God for help; I felt this was not something I could not do in my own strength or resolve.
I decided that morning that I was not going to raise my voice, not even a little bit. And I prayed that my kids would listen and be obedient. I told them that it would be okay if they didn’t make their beds that morning and I would only charge them $.50 to do it for them (they ran to make their beds!). I also reminded them how much they liked to not feel rushed when they arrive at school, and that motivated them to hurry a bit more. That morning, I felt anchored in Christ and had a pre-determined peace in my mind and spirit. And guess what? We had an amazing Bible time and prayer and sweet connection with each other that was not lost with their departure. I’m so thankful that God reminded me to ask Him for help.
I never cease to be amazed at the power of prayer. It changes things! Not only does it change the circumstances and people you’re praying about, it changes you! So often, we limit our prayers only to big things, but do you know that God wants to be involved in your daily life, even hour by hour throughout your day? You can pray about the small things, and see big results, like I did that morning.
In the miracle when Jesus fed the 5,000 with just 5 small loaves of bread and 2 fish (see Luke 6:1-14), Jesus didn’t just make the bread and fish appear from nothing. No, a young boy offered his lunch to Jesus, and Jesus took it, blessed it, and multiplied it to do the miracle. I think it is similar to when we offer to God our small prayers of faith. He takes our prayer, our desire to be a good mom, our desire to disciple our children and launch them into the world as world changers, our desire to know God more and more, and he takes our desire and our prayer of faith, and He MULTIPLIES it and does immeasurably beyond what we even ask. In fact, you only need faith the size of a mustard seed to see great results!
Does that mean all prayers are answered immediately or in a way that we can see? No, but we do know that God always hears our prayers, and He is moving even when we do not see it (See Proverbs 15:29, 1 Peter 3:12).
Prayer doesn’t have to be complicated to be powerful. One of the most powerful prayers you can ever pray is simply, “Jesus, help me!” I know He will answer you. I am praying for you.
Elizabeth Moum & the Help Club for Moms Team