Don't Forget Your Umbrella

Theme: Our lack of faith can limit the power of God.

Objects: An umbrella.

Scripture: He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:5-6

As you can see, I have my umbrella with me this morning. You might be wondering why I would be carrying my umbrella this morning when there isn't a cloud in the sky. No, I'm not carrying my umbrella to shade me from the hot sun. I am carrying my umbrella because we need rain and I am going to pray and ask God to send the rain we need. How many of you believe that God has the power to make it rain?

Well, I got to thinking about that and I thought to myself, "We say that we believe God can make it rain, but we pray for rain and we don't even carry our umbrella with us." It doesn't seem to me that we really believe that God has the power to make it rain.

Did you know that our lack of faith can limit the power of God? That's what the Bible says.

One time Jesus was in his hometown. When the Sabbath came, he was teaching in the synagogue. Many of the people who heard Jesus' teaching started to criticize him. "Who does he think he is? And where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles? Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't he the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Don't his sisters live right here in the same town with us?"

The Bible tells us that because of their lack of faith, Jesus was powerless do any miracles there, except to heal a few sick people.

Jesus said, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." So, if you really believe that God has the power to make it rain, the next time you ask God to make it rain, don't forget your umbrella!

Dear Jesus, we say we believe, but sometimes our actions don't show it. Help us to show our faith by our actions. Amen.

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