The letter י(Yod) is the tenth letter of the Aleph-Bet, having the numeric value of 10. The pictograph for Yod looks like an arm or hand. Yod is the smallest of the Hebrew letters, the “atom” of consonants, and the form from which all of the other letters begin and end. In Jewish mystical tradition, Yod indicates Gods omnipresence.
Yod י Prayer Focus: Have a Little Faith!
Jesus didn’t say we needed a great abundance of things. He said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move.” Yod begins with a dot and is used to form all the other letters. Having faith even as small as a mustard seed, God will use that to form greater things.
For perspective, a mustard seed has a diameter of about 1 to 2 millimeters, and Jesus is saying that even this amount of faith is sufficient.
There’s even more good news. Faith is a gift! We don’t earn or deserve faith by trying harder. It’s all God! All that’s required is obedience. Sometimes we just need to get out of the way, and trust that God is in control. Have a little faith!
Don’t think you have enough faith? God has already provided what we need.
Romans 12:3 (NET)
For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.
Faith is like a muscle. It grows as we exercise it. As we pray today, let’s “Have A Little Faith!” That’s all we need.
Here are some scriptures to meditate on as we pray together: (mouse over or click the scripture references)
Matthew 17:20, 13:31-32 | Proverbs 15:3 | Psalm 32:8
2 Corinthians 5:7 | Ephesians 4:4-6
Section י of Psalm 119
Psalm 119:73-80 (NET) י (Yod)
73 Your hands made me and formed me.
Give me understanding so that I might learn your commands
74 Your loyal followers will be glad when they see me, for I find hope in your word.
75 I know, LORD, that your regulations are just.
You disciplined me because of your faithful devotion to me.
76 May your loyal love console me, as you promised your servant.
77 May I experience your compassion, so I might live.
For I find delight in your law.
78 May the arrogant be humiliated, for they have slandered me.
But I meditate on your precepts.
79 May your loyal followers turn to me, those who know your rules.
80 May I be fully committed to your statues, so that I might not be ashamed.