Believest Thou? – Alma 15:6-11

6 And it came to pass that Alma said unto him, taking him by the hand: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation?
7 And he answered and said: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught.
8 And Alma said: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed.
9 And he said: Yea, I believe according to thy words.
10 And then Alma cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, have mercy on this man, and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ.
11 And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk; and this was done to the great astonishment of all the people; and the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land of Sidom.

(Alma 15:6-11)

There is power in a sincere and heartfelt declaration of belief. Sometimes I try to exercise my faith by merely pleading for a blessing. But the scriptures are full of stories in which people who have asked for specific blessings are prompted to reaffirm their belief before the blessing is granted.
We know miracles follow faith (Ether 12:12), but if we confuse faith with desire, we may be missing crucial actions required to manifest or even to unlock our faith.
Today I will exercise my faith by proclaiming my belief. I will pray for blessings and express the desires of my heart to God, but I will also communicate my confidence in Him and my conviction that He can grant the blessing.

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1 Response to Believest Thou? – Alma 15:6-11

  1. eric Kerr says:

    I appreciate your comments on the difference between faith and desire. Desire can lead to faith, but doesn't always. Good reminder that faith requires active engagement, not just wishing or wanting something. The beauty is that this active engagement helps our faith to grow, and, as you said, unlocks our faith. Thanks


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