A few days ago, I wrote a post entitled P.U.S.H. — Pray until something happens. In that post, I encouraged you all to experience a mindset shift by praying for your enemies — both real and perceived. As I grow in my faith, I’m learning to fervently pray for those whose goal may be to destroy me. Just to be clear, I pray that their efforts will be in vain and that they will eventually tire from reaping nothing. I never pray for their demise; instead, I pray that they never get what they truly deserve. Full disclosure? I pray that same prayer for myself as well — knowing that I fall short every day even when my intentions are good.
I’m careful about what I ask for and that it is in sync with God’s will because I expect God to move in those situations. Expecting God to answer your prayers, pleas, and wails is called faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~Hebrews 11:1
My daily verse from the You Version app simplifies this verse and makes it a bit more clear: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives assurance about things we cannot see.” So, as you think about that, imagine your faith on a thermometer or a Likert scale. Where are you on the Faithmeter today? When you pray with the assurance that God is at work in all things and can do all things but fail, surely your standing on that Faithmeter is high. Certainly I know that as the seasons of our lives change, our faith sometimes wanes, but don’t let it plummet. Climb out of that pit with the help of your brothers and sisters. There’s no reason to stay there.
- Fellowship. Make time for friends who fill your cup, feed your spirit, and warm your soul.
- Ask God to send you resources to strengthen your faith.
- Inquire of others. What do the “faithful” do to remain that way?
- Testify! God has been good to all of us. Tell the world about it. Your testimony may pull someone out of the miry clay (Psalm 40:2) they’ve been stuck in for far too long.
- Humble yourself. Serve without the expectation of payment. Give as cheerfully as you can. Love each other as God loves you.
My prayer today (as with every post) is that these words revealed to me from the Spirit will reach those who need them. May blessings abound! <3