Jesus did not tell us that we can pray and cast EVERY mountain into the sea. He simply laid out the truth that if the time ever came to do so, it would be available. Jesus did not tell Peter that he could ALWAYS walk on the water. He simply showed Peter that if the need arose, he COULD do it. Jesus did not command His disciple to heal EVERY person and raise EVERYONE who was dead. He simply told them it was available when the conditions and timing were right.
I, like most believers, stood before a mountain and yelled at it to move. It never budged an inch. I, like most believers, tried walking on water only to immediately sink. I, like many others, went to a nursing home and went room to room trying to heal those pitiful old people about to die. They never felt any better. I even went to a cemetery once and tried raising people from their graves. Of course they did not.
So, the question becomes one of whether I was immature and lacking faith or something else. There are times when we can pray for a mountain to be cast into the sea, and it does so. There are times when we can pray for the simplest little things and nothing happens. I used to believe that if my prayers went unanswered it meant I was messed up, harboring hidden sin or God was mad at me. I have learned over the years that it usually comes down to a matter of availability and/or timing.
If every mountain could be moved by prayer then there would be no need for dynamite or road graders. If we could walk on water every day, there would be no need for boats. If we could breeze through every hospital and doctor s office and heal every person there would be no need for medical personnel. If we could raise every dead person there would be no need for morticians.
Last time I checked, there were still plenty of people moving mountains the old fashioned way, making their living on ships, working in medical facilities and conducting funerals just as there were in Jesus time. The simple truth is that what Jesus taught dealt with things that were available when needed not things that were to always be done in every situation.
God has instructed us to trust Him for wisdom in each situation that arises. God may teach us to build an ark or walk on the water, move a mountain or climb it, heal the sick or offer mercy and comfort. What is important is that we know what is available and then trust God to know what to do and when to do it.
I am a firm believer that we are as children, asking their father, when we pray. Does a father respond to every single request of their child? Only a poor one who is either desperately trying to win their child's love by allowing them anything, even if it is not good for them, or one who does not care and is too lazy or afraid to say "no".
God is neither of the above. Instead, while He is our loving Heavenly Father, He is a good one and He is still the Father. Does the child make demands of the father, or does the child ask? I know what would have happened to me had I attempted to order my dad about yet so often we attempt to do that to God!
People like to say that whatsoever we ask in the name of the Father, He will do it but I am wondering... like Jesus are they also praying, "nevertheless not my will but thine?" Christ is our example after all and if He did that... shouldn't we?
LOL... I've yelled at many 'mountains' to move also! I think one or two did but most did not. I read somewhere that if everything we prayed for happened exactly the way we asked, faith would not be necessary; and we would not have a verse like Romans 8:28. Things don't always work out the way we want or even the way pray but the Bible exhorts us to trust God anyway. It doesn't mean we cannot persist in praying and believing for what we've asked but that we simply submit anyway to His will and timing, trusting it to be the best. Thank you for sharing the balanced truth, B2Y... Blessings to you also!