“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen… and without faith it is impossible to please him [God]. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 1:1,6
If I do not believe in the existence of something, I will have nothing to do with it. I will live as if it never was – even if it affects me, I will be unaware that it is the cause of something in my life, and I will react inappropriately – perhaps even causing harm to myself.
On the other hand, if I believe there is something which I have not yet found, but desire to have exist and desire to find it, I will seek it. If it truly does exist, I will find it. I will not find it if I give up part way along the search, however, because I have lost my faith.
I must try to use every means at my disposal to find what will give great meaning to my life – and faith is necessary – in fact, the first step to the other methods.
Prayer: Lord, I want faith. I have some – and You promised that if I had faith even the size of a mustard seed You would honor it and provide what You promised me. And You promised what I desire – the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you. I claim that promise with my faith. I desire it with all my heart to be fulfilled.
I believe, I believe, I believe: in You as sovereign Lord, as sacrificing Savior, as indwelling Spirit. Yes – I’m me, but not just me. I’m You, too – because You created me, and of necessity I carry You in me, as my children carry some of my physical characteristics, and the results of living with me – the influence I had on their thoughts and behavior.
Now if I believe that You are in me, and I do – and If I seek to know You – and I do – and if I expect You to reward me – and I do, then my life is going to be changed by my belief, and by Your acting upon my belief in You and in Your promises.
Thank you that You created me in love. Thank you that You sustain me in love. Thank you that I can rely on faith in your promises to be the power that turns the promises into completed acts.
I love you, Lord – I confess I don’t know You as intimately as I would like. I certainly don’t think, feel and act as I should when I know as much about your character as I do, and profess I want to reflect your character.
But I’m yours – and that in itself guarantees that You love me and I love you. We are bound to get closer and closer because of this fact. And I love that idea, because You are one great Father, who express yourself in infinite, interesting, helpful ways.
I have a lot of curiosity, and have a desire to have things wrapped up neatly – the challenge met, the mystery solved, the puzzle completed. But I suspect that if all was complete for my very long I’d be bored and restless – and lazy. I would lose my faith because I’d have all evidence and no missing pieces to be searching for. So, I recognize that I need to have faith be a part of me, even if I do get impatient, wanting instant results.
Help me Lord, to develop faith that is the power to get Your will done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ Precious Name I pray. Amen.