Alma 19:8, 12-14
“And he said unto the queen: He is not dead, but he sleepeth in God, and on the morrow he shall rise again; therefore bury him not. And Ammon said unto her: Believes thou this?
And she said unto him: I have had no witness save thy word, and the word of our servants; nevertheless I believe that it shall be according as thou hast said.
“And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites.
“And it came to pass that she watched over the bed of her husband, from that time even until that time on the morrow which Ammon had appointed that he should rise.
“And it came to pass that he arose, according to the word, according to the words of Ammon; and as he arose, he stretched forth his hand unto the woman, and said: Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou. For as sure as thou livest, behold I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name.
“Now, when he had said these words, his heart was swollen within him, and he sunk again with joy; and the queen also sunk down, being overpowered by the Spirit.
“Now Ammon seeing the Spirit of the Lord poured out according to his prayers upon the Lamanites, his brethren, who had been the cause of so much mourning among the Nephites, or among all the people of God because of their iniquities and their traditions, he fall upon his knees, and began to pour out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving to God for what he had done for his brethren; and he was also overpowered with joy; and thus they all three had sunk to the earth.”
I LOVE this scripture. I think it depicts a perfect example of our dare today:
Expect the change that God is working in this person.
This part is so exciting!
Now I here want to share something with you that a good friend of mine shared with me, and that is a different concept of faith than I’ve ever heard explained before. He said, first we have to have a need.
Do we have a need?
Yes. A need to see what God has shown us manifest, for ourselves and our loved ones to be healed.
Second, we have to have faith. My friend explained faith to me in this way: if you were to die right now and expected to see Jesus in heaven, that is enough faith to accomplish what we are talking about.
Faith is belief in something that we have an assurance or confidence will happen. Like if my mom said she’d pick me up a kombucha on the way home. I have faith and I believe that she will because she’s come through in the past.
Faith is something that we clearly and specifically believe, with no doubt in our minds–we have perfect confidence.
Not only that, but as we pray rain that also builds our confidence in God and as the song goes “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him; how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.” We too get to prove Jesus and prove Him faithful in our generation, and we do that by standing on what He’s given us, acting in perfect trust and confidence that He will do what He showed and told us He would do.
This is the place where miracles happen.
Now, it’s important that we remember two things as we do this: one, God is willing to give and He is very generous. Two, ask for the things that please Him. Trust me, if God has put something into your heart and compels your heart to do something good, you are on the right track and you are doing what pleases Him.
Remember as you go along that God is always going to honor agency–His children’s power of choice–and as His ministers, so must we. Remember, God is after our “want to” and He wants us to choose Him, not be coerced into choosing Him. He knows that only in choosing and wanting will we stay. (See Beth Moore’s Bible Study Breaking Free and her book Audacious.)
In our own prayers we must always honor agency. Our prayers must take on a faith and a confidence and be more like a door, opening the window of opportunity others, that can be walked through if others so choose. I love the song With Every Act of Love, by Jason Gray. People walk through doors that they feel wanted and loved by. Let one of those doors be you!
Assignment for Dare 9:
What has God put on your heart to pray rain for? Who does He want you to be a door of Love for? What is the “want to” and “choose to” that He has put on your heart? Take some time today to flesh it out, write it out and then ACT ON IT!