Hebrews 11:1 tells us that“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We read that we can be sure of what we hope for! What an amazing statement. Faith is living out trust in God! It’s walking and making decisions with the certainty that the creator God is in control. One of my favorite sayings is “Faith is not believing God can, it’s knowing he will!” It’s being confident that he wants the best for us and living with that assurance. Does that sound too simple to you? We tend to think of faith as a supernatural happening when all of a sudden our emotions soar to the sky and we’re caught up in this moment of belief. Those times may happen on occasion, but I believe they’re rare! Faith is a daily lifestyle of choosing to trust God through prayerful commitment.
Many Christians tend to look for what I call the “wow factor” in their Christian lives, including when they pray. They expect their spiritual growth to come out of mountaintop experiences, often during a Christian retreat, when something sensational has happened in their life, or after God has spoken to them in a powerful way. I’ve seen even pastors get pulled into this way of thinking. Every meeting has to be amazing. Every encounter must be powerful.
In the same way, many expect their faith to grow from highly emotional events. Now, these times do happen. They’ve happened in my Christian walk and I look forward to them happening again. They are indeed wonderful and God-given. But it is not during these times that we grow the most. Our growth happens primarily in our day-by-day life experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant.
Faith is like a muscle that takes time to build. If you’ve ever been involved in working out, you’ve seen how slowly these muscles grow with daily exercising. As we begin making life choices based on godly direction, things begin to happen. Eventually, we look in the mirror and see real definition. Our foundation of faith gradually grows so it will be strong and ready for the big moments. We need to commit to the long haul and know that God is working in our lives. Slowly but surely, our faith will grow, in time!
–Adapted from Ultimate Connection (Eight Principles that will Transform Your Prayer Life) by Barbara Ho
Faithful Father, I am awed by how You have worked through time to build the faith of Your people. Yet, in these days there is such a lack of faith. Even though I know You are a miracle working God, I struggle to believe that any of those miracles will happen in my own life. Help me to stretch towards You in faith…build faith within my heart and help me to believe that You are actively at work building Your kingdom in, through and around me.
Praise God, the source of light and Light. Be thankful for the times you’ve felt the Lord’s face shining on you (Ps. 80:3). Confess that you sometimes turn your face from God’s. Commit yourself to seeking God’s leading. Ask him for confirmation of new directions.
Petition God to channel peace and clarity through you to family and friends who flounder. Commit yourself to staying close to God, so your life models his leading.
“Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire.” —Jonathan Edwards
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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