Praying For Rain & Bringing An Umbrella

Do you struggle having faith? I’m not talking about faith in Jesus or in the Bible. I’m referring to faith that believes that Jesus will work things out. He will provide for us. He will protect us. 

Recently I was thinking about some things that concern me and every bit of it came down to faith. Simply believing that God will provide. That’s the faith I struggle with from time to time. 

In the Bible a man asked Jesus to heal his Son. The man said, “Lord, heal my son if you can.” Jesus said,”If I can? Anything is possible to him who believes.”

“The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!””‭‭(Mark‬ ‭9:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬) 

I can identify with that man.  I believe but, there are times my faith needs to be stronger. Like this man, “Let’s ask the Lord to help our unbelief. 

The story is told of a time when a community was experiencing a drought. It had lasted for some time and the farmers were struggling. 

 As the problem became more worse, a local priest called a prayer meeting to ask for rain. Many people went to the church for the prayer meeting. As the priest walked to the front of the church to  begin the meeting he noticed the people were chatting across the aisles about their mutual situation and socializing with friends. When he reached the front his eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet and he noticed a young girl about 11 years old sitting quietly in the front row, her face beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella. All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.

All of us need to have faith like that little girl…pray for rain and bring an umbrella! 


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