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Did My Dad Die Because I Lacked Faith? // Ask Pastor John

A video published by Desiring God on January 24th, 2020

James tells us that we have not because we ask not. But do we still lack sometimes because we don’t ask with enough faith? An anonymous man who listens to the podcast, but who does not give us his age, writes in: “Hello, Pastor John. Blessings to you! I have a faith question. My dad recently died of a brain tumor.” We are very sorry to hear this. “I prayed with all the faith I could muster to ask God that he not die. But he did. I wonder: If I had more faith, would my dad be alive today? In the Bible I always see Jesus healing people who had faith, even healing them because of their faith ( Matthew 9:22 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, Daughter, be of good cheer; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. ; 15:28). Jesus refused to heal people in his own hometown ‘because of their unbelief’ ( Matthew 13:58 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. ). And he even connects the probability of seeing miracles to the size of one’s own faith ( Matthew 17:20 20 And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. ). So could my lack of faith be a factor in my dad’s death? Or was it simply the will of God for him to die? I’m sure this is a question for many people who, like me, get attacked often by guilt.” Read or listen to this interview at our website: Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes:

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