Mark 4:26 – So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground.
I DON’T SIT AROUND WAITING FOR GOD TO PRODUCE MY HARVEST. I FIND PRECIOUS PROMISES FROM THE WORD OF GOD AND PLANT THEM IN MY HEART AND IN MY LIFE. I START WATCHING OVER MY LAND (MY HEART AND MY MIND) TO KEEP IT MOIST, WATERED WITH THE WORD, AND FREE FROM WEEDS (UNFORGIVENESS, DOUBT, FEAR, AND DISCOURAGEMENT).
2 Peter 1:4 – Whereby are given unto us exeeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Luke 8:23-25 – But as they sailed He fell asleep. And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And He said unto them, “Where is your faith?”
Even after the disciples got their answer to prayer (a stilled storm), Jesus asked them about their unbelief. For most of us an answer to prayer is the reward for our great faith. In this case they got the answer but were said to be small in faith.
He expected them to exercise the authority He had given them to quiet the seas themselves. Instead they asked Him to do it. We often pray in the place of risky obedience.