One of my all-time favorite movies is Napoleon Dynamite. I find the mix of comic absurdity and sweet truths a great combination. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it’s a story about a social outcast (Napoleon) who finds his place through two friends (Deb & Pedro).
One of the ways Napoleon finds his footing in school is following the example of Pedro, who has unnatural confidence. How unnatural? Even while being in the lowest tier of popularity, Pedro runs for class president. In his run for president, Pedro uses this classic line in his speech to the student body,
“If you vote for me, all your wildest dreams will come true.”
It’s a bold statement. However for Napoleon it’s a promise fulfilled (Napoleon ends the hero & gets the girl).
We all have dreams (even wild ones)
This year I’m reading through a chronological Bible plan. This particular plan is in the order of how the events took place in history – not by chapter/verse order. I’ve just begun the New Testament portion of this reading plan.
You may know 3 of the 4 Gospels are called synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) because they basically tell the same stories, but from slightly different perspectives. Last week, I read a story from both Mark and Matthew (Mark 9 & Matthew 17).
It’s the story of a father who has a dream. His dream is for his son to be free of a demon. This demon is trying to kill his son by throwing him in water and fire. You can imagine the anguish and pain this causes this father.
This father is desperate for his dream to come true. I’m guessing you have some dreams too. I’m also betting your dreams revolve around your children. It might be very direct (like healing, schooling, or success), or it could be indirect (your job, marriage, or house).
In the story Jesus is away when this father arrives with his son, so he asks the disciples to cast the demon out. We don’t know exactly what they’ve done, but they are unsuccessful. Thankfully, Jesus arrives to save the day. The demon is cast out, and the father leaves with his dream fulfilled.
Which is it?
The disciples were perplexed. Why couldn’t they cast that demon out? It seems based on their questions that this type of thing was something they had done before. Why not this time? So, in both Matthew and Mark, they ask their question of Jesus.
Interestingly, his response is not the same in Matthew as it is in Mark.
Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.” -Mark 9:29
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Which is it? Prayer or Faith?
This was the question I asked myself last week. These stories aren’t matching up. As I pondered this difference something dawned on me.
This isn’t an either or question. It’s both.
We see the dreams we have come to pass when we pray…which helps produce faith in our hearts and minds.
Faith + Prayer = DREAM fulfilled.
I know you have dreams. I know some of them are big…wild…I mean HUGE. Some of them seem beyond possibility. I know because I have dreams just like this.
Jesus wants to show up. He wants to see your dream come true – no matter how big.
Jesus will show up when we choose to pray until with have faith that will move mountains. Nothing is impossible, so keep praying!
I would love to pray with you. Take a minute to share with me some of your dreams. Shoot me an email, leave a comment or hit me up on social media.
Let’s see the impossible happen!
May all your wildest dreams come true.