Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

 

 

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“Praying In Faith, Believing"

I have learned over the years that it takes faith to pray! I’ve also learned that our prayers say a lot about our faith. If you are a praying person, you are a person full of faith! It is through prayer that we build our knowledge of God and relationship with Him.

Through faith and prayer, we find joy. When I trusted Jesus as my Savior and Lord as a seventeen-year-old boy, I sure didn’t become perfect, but I did want God to fill my life. As I grew as a Christian I quickly learned  that when I prayed “in faith believing”, I received the joy of the Lord as an outflow of my relationship with Jesus. When you put your faith in anything other than God, you always come up empty and all the while, true joy, real peace, genuine companionship, and lasting satisfaction are waiting to be found in an intimate relationship with Jesus, a relationship which is initiated and sustained by faith.

Jesus spoke of faith to His disciples, "You don't have enough faith, Jesus told them, I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." (Matthew 17:20 NLT)

In this parable about the mustard seed, Jesus is sharing an important idea with us: faith begins in seed form. Faith in God is planted in the soil of our hearts and cultivated by the Spirit of God, and over time, it produces joy, peace, humility, fulfillment, power, and every other rich quality of the character of God. Faith is the source of these blessings, and prayer is the way that the source gets into the soil of our hearts. Through the eyes of faith, we don’t just see our prayers for what they are when we’re praying them; we see the potential of what they can become when God answers them. Great prayer reveals great faith, and great faith releases great prayers. Faith in God will take you out of your comfort zone, challenge you, and lead you onto unknown paths that you have never traveled before. It’s not predictable or easy, but it’s worth the ride.

Perhaps instead of seeds of faith, you’ve had seeds of doubt and fear planted in your heart. Pray for the Spirit of God to uproot those things today and activate your faith through prayer.

4.14.2018

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