“We must believe that the Lord can do anything if he wants to. Yet in the garden of Gethsemane, the Lord prayed, ‘Not my will, but your will be done.’ Even though Jesus knew he had to drink the cup of suffering, he nevertheless prayed to be spared. And then the angel strengthened him. Likewise, if we pray earnestly, it may be that an angel will quietly strengthen us so that we may bear whatever is laid on us. And, as is so often the case, the Lord may even provide more than what we need, beyond our expectation. If we pray with unceasing, childlike faith, and if it is God’s will, the Lord will let us see his glory revealed in deed and miracle. ‘If you are willing, you can do it’ is the prayer of all those who fear him. And in his great wisdom, the Lord will say, ‘I am willing’” (Johann Christoph Blumhardt, The God Who Heals).
The question is not can God answer my prayer, but do I believe God can answer my prayer?
I have to confess that much of the time, I don’t think He can. Or I don’t think He will.
I either doubt God’s sovereign greatness or his supreme goodness.
But He can.
The beauty of prayer is that it’s not the size of my faith but the source of my faith that gets prayers answered. Even a mustard seed amount of faith in a great God can accomplish great and mighty things, because it’s the great God who does them, not me.
The most powerful prayer in all the world is, “Not my will but yours.”