So what happens when your prayer of faith isn’t answered? How do you react? Do you tend to get discouraged or does the answer to wait and continue on in faith…give you the gumption to hold fast and not waver?
“If your prayers aren't impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn't offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments when human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect. (Mark Batterson: The Circle Maker)
I’ve been a Christian for 24 years and coming to salvation in Christ has been, by far, the most important decision I’ve ever made—even more important than accepting my husband’s marriage proposal. Life is but a breath and then we are gone. Of course, it doesn’t always seem that way; however, when you view life in light of eternity, then we are here on Earth for only a short while. Our journeys of faith in God are still continuing, one step at a time, taking each day as it comes. Living by faith is what will prepare you for a life with God in eternity. Would you rather face living a life of eternity in heaven or in hell? I know my choice and I am trying to keep my flesh and soul in control as my spirit follows after God in my daily journey of faith.
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.
We need to learn to pray the Word, but we also need to learn that if we don’t have the faith to believe for what we ask, that displeases God. Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:2 teaches us that faith has a good report.
Believe me; it’s not always easy to keep living each day by faith in God—in a God who you cannot see. However, that’s the basic essence of faith that we believe in something and someone that we cannot see. If we had to see God to believe than we’d be just like “Doubting” Thomas in the Bible. He needed to touch the wounds in Jesus’ body before he would begin to believe it was really his Lord, risen from the grave as Savior to the world.
True, I confess that at times, I have been living as a doubting Thomas. Yet, that’s not how I want to live out my life. I want to grow each day as a spiritual being and know that my faith grows as I read God’s Word and memorize it and live it out in my life. I know that life will not always be rosy. God never promised us a life of bliss. He promised us that there will be trials and tribulations and difficulties to face. However, that is where the growing process takes place. If we never faced trials and hardships, then how could we learn to trust a loving Father who holds the whole world in His capable hands? Living with this faith-based perspective changes everything.
It allows us to see that God has a specific plan for our lives. Don’t take my word for it…check out Jeremiah 29:11-14. He wants to bless us but He also wants to grow us and that takes daily life and struggles to hammer that out in our lives. God is a loving Father and I couldn’t have made it this far in my life without His loving arms wrapped around me each step of the way.
My life’s journey would be far different today if I hadn’t begun my journey of faith with the Lord 24 years ago. God is my everything—He is my very great reward. That’s what faith is all about.