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Week 67 Bible Reading: Matthew 21

"Ya Gotta Believe"

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. - Matthew 21:22

At the end of August 1973, the New York Mets were fading fast. They had a record of 60–70 with just thirty-two baseball games left, and most people had given up on them.

Thinking his team needed to do something fast, pitcher Tug McGraw pleaded with his teammates to have some faith. He told them, “Ya gotta believe.”

They believed!

The Mets won twenty-two of their last thirty-one games to make the playoffs.

Then they beat the powerful Cincinnati Reds in the National League Championship Series to go to the World Series. Pretty gutsy stuff, huh?

And it all started with a little belief.

In Matthew 21, Jesus tells us what faith can do. He said, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (v. 22). As long as we ask according to God’s will, we can trust God’s answer.

Jesus doesn’t want us to go to Him filled with doubt and lacking the faith that He’s powerful enough to meet our needs. All He asks from us is faith.

If faith in each other can help the Mets, imagine what faith in Jesus can do for us.

Fun Fact

Tug McGraw, father of singer Tim McGraw, threw the last pitch in the Phillies’ 1980 World Series–clinching win.

Just You and God

“Jesus, I believe in you. I have trusted you to save me! Thank you for saving me and forgiving me.”

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