They heard Jesus and were amazed by His wisdom and power. But they did not believe (from Mark 6:2-6).
Being amazed is never enough. Do you believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? By believing in him you will have life by the power of his name (John 20:31).
The message of the cross . . . is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Pray that many hear and believe.
“Our words are more important than we ever supposed. Saying “I Believe,” for instance, marks the difference between life and death.”*
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
*Eugene Peterson, The Message, p.1914.
Zechariah prayed, but he didn’t believe.
When the angel said, God heard your prayer . . . Zechariah asked, How can I be sure? (read this story in Luke 1:11-25).