What could possibly amaze the Son of God? He has walked the streets of heaven and knew every angel by name. He created the universe by speaking and watched as everything that exists came into being. How can he find something on earth that would amaze him? In Mark 6:6 we find something that amazed Jesus and unfortunately, it is not a good thing.
Jesus had just finished teaching in the synagogue of his hometown, Nazareth. Even though they were amazed at his teaching, they were also offended(vs3). It was just too much for them to believe, that a local boy could possibly teach with such authority and even do miracles. They could only see the Jesus of his childhood and couldn’t accept that the Son of God had grown up in their village. Their offense led them to a lack of faith…and that amazed Jesus! “And he was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mk.6:6).
It’s easy for us to be incredulous at the lack of faith Jesus found in Nazareth. They watched him heal the sick and yet had no faith. Yet I wonder if Jesus is still amazed today. This time not at the villagers of Nazareth but those within His own Church. Could it be that we too demonstrate that same appalling lack of faith, especially manifested in our prayer life?
The Scriptures tie faith to effective prayer. Consider these passages which are just a sampling of the connection of faith and prayer:
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Heb.11:6).
“And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen” ( Mt 21:21-22).
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk.11:24).
These passages and others are not a demonstration of a “name it and claim it” faith that commands God to give us what we want. Rather, they show us our critical role of understanding the will of the Father revealed in His Word, so that through the prayer of faith, we might see His will accomplished. As we, in faith, pray the Word, we will indeed see God work in powerful ways. May this be our lifestyle so that Jesus would not be amazed at our lack of faith.