Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, When I have Faith, There is Just no Bar
The Power of Faith
"God CAN DO is believe; God WILL DO is faith" Anonymous
Faith has enormous power, much much more than we have ever imagined. My mentor Dr Daisaku Ikeda says, “Faith is light. The hearts of those with strong faith are filled with light. A radiance envelops their lives. People with unshakeable conviction in faith enjoy a happiness that is as luminous as a full moon on a dark night, as dazzling as the sun on a clear day.”
Developing faith is a long and difficult process. Its actually a vicious circle, unless we see miracles ourselves, we do not develop complete faith and unless we develop complete faith, we cannot experience miracles. Dr Ikeda says about the power of prayer, “ When we plant the seed of happiness that is faith and carefully tend its growth, it will produce fruit without fail. We have to bear in mind however that we cannot plant a seed today and expect it to bear fruit tomorrow. If we persevere, then our prayers will definitely be answered.”
Faith is like a great and positive attitude towards God. A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities or coincidences that were somehow absent before the change.
God will test our faith and send devilish forces to harass us. If we doubt God and our faith in him for few moments (which will happen with most of the people) but better sense prevails immediately we shall still win. We need to persevere in our faith. Dr Ikeda points out, “Faith is perseverance. The key to victory in any struggle in life is persistence. Faith should flow ceaselessly like water rather than faith that flares up briefly like fire.”
There is a wonderful story about faith moving mountains literally. A religious group had built a church on the foothills. Just ten days before the new church was supposed to be inaugurated, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the building. Until the church doubled the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new premises.
Unfortunately the church had used every inch of land available except the mountain against which it had been built. So the only option available was to move the mountain.
Undaunted the pastor announced next Sunday morning, that he would meet that evening all the members who had ‘mountain moving faith’ They would hold a prayer session asking God to move the mountain from the backyard and somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening the next week.
24 members gathered and prayed for three hours. Finally the pastor assured everyone, “God has never let us down before and I believe she will be faithful this time too.
Next morning there was a loud knock at the pastor’s house. When the pastor said, ‘come in’ a construction foreman appeared and introduced himself, “I am from Acme Construction Company’ and we are building a huge shopping mall. We need some fill material So will you be ready to sell part of the mountain to us behind the church.” He further said, “We will pay you for the mud removed and also pave the way exposed free of charge.”
Such are the wonders of faith.
Such are the wonders of faith.