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Let God's Word shine light on your step today
as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
This is what the Scripture says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
(Heb. 3:15)
Devotional: Believing and Receiving
Dec. 27th

I would like to share with you
a thought on how to grow in having "A Heart of Faith"

“Then you will call my name.
You will come to me and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will search for me.
And when you search for me with all your heart,
you will find me!”
~Jer. 29:12-13~

When we come before the Lord in prayer, we need to remember to ask in Christ’s name. Jesus said that He was the WAY, and that it is in His name we are to pray. It is important to remember that Jesus died so that we can come before God Himself and not to another person.

This doesn’t mean we can’t pray for (or with) another person. It simply means that we don’t have to rely on someone else to take our petitions before God because Christ has gone before us and has opened the way, giving us direct access. However, we also have to come with a heart of faith, believing that God is who He says He is and that He CAN and WILL do what He says. We need to remember that if we are truly praying for what God’s will is in our lives, then we can have confidence that--at the right time--it will come to pass. Also, if we don’t know what God’s will is in an area that we want to pray about then all we need to do is ask. God is faithful and He will answer, sometimes immediately and sometimes a few days later.

At times His very silence IS the answer. For instance, if we have prayed about His will and He has answered but we keep asking the same thing, He may answer us again and with the same answer He has already given. But if we keep asking and all of the sudden there is silence we have to ask ourselves whether it could be that God is trying to say, “My answer has not changed.” Perhaps God has already said, “Yes,” but our unbelief has kept us from accepting the very thing we’ve asked for. Maybe He said, “No,” but in our repeated asking we are really just trying to get Him to change His mind. Or maybe He has just said, “Not now,” and so we simply need to trust in Him by saying, “Your will be done, not mine.”

When we come to the Lord with a heart of faith, it means we have conquered fear and disbelief. When we can pray in confidence because we believe, the Lord will move mountains on our behalf. However, it may NOT be on our timetable or necessarily when we want it to happen. But rest assured that it WILL happen. You can trust the Lord, for He is faithful.

The LORD says, “Whoever loves me, I will save. I will protect those who know me. They will call to me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them. I will give them a long, full life, and they will see how I can save” (Ps. 91:14-16).

One thing I would also remind you about and encourage you with is Daniel’s prayer. This was a loyal servant to God. He prayed in faith and truly had a heart of faith. Even so, Satan battled tooth and nail to delay the answer to Daniel’s prayer.  It wasn’t that Daniel’s prayer was wrong, out of God’s will, or being prayed for the wrong reason. We are told that from the very beginning of Daniel’s prayer, the Lord heard and answered him. But, it still took three weeks before Daniel saw evidence. (Read Daniel 10).

So the point is: stand firm. Stand strong and stand in faith. Let your heart grow in faith as you believe in the almighty God. When God answers you, or shows you that something is His will, write it down. Keep a journal of God’s handprints in your life and the direction He gives you. (This isn’t the same as a “prayer journal.”) Stand on what He told you (or showed you), keep it to heart, and don’t let yourself be moved. And when the enemy tries to knock you down and steal your prayers out from underneath you, don’t let him. Remember that sometimes the closer you get to victory, and seeing the fruit of your prayers, the harder the enemy will try to push you and convince you it is NEVER going to happen. My friend, don’t let him. Do not be moved, don’t let your faith be moved, but instead thank God.

Here is one last thought for you:
Sometimes it isn’t enough for you to “know that HE CAN,”
you have to stand in faith, and believe that HE WILL.


Praying in Faith:
Father God, I come before You with this reader who is with me, and ask You to create in us a heart of faith. Lord, help us to walk by faith and not by sight. Lord, help us to lean into You and not our own understanding. Lord, help us to trust You and to stand firm in Your Word, and not what our eyes may see at the moment. Lord, I don't know how You will work things out, I only know that You will. Lord, You have promised to never leave us, that You will not fail us. Lord, help us to stand on that truth. Lord, I ask You to help us to finish what You give us to do. Lord, I know it means nothing to start if we don't follow through.
Father God, we praise You as the Author and Finisher of our faith. Lord, thank You for drawing us to You. Thank You for teaching us. Lord, thank You for the many times You pick us up so we can try again. Lord, thank You for being faithful. Lord, we praise You, because You are not like a human, You do not change Your mind. Your "Yes" means "Yes" and Your "NO" means "No". Lord, even in the times that You say, "Not yet," we can rest in the truth that You will do what You have said You will do.
Lord, I lift this reader up to You, and ask You to watch over them and protect them. Lord, whatever hardships they are going through, I ask You to strengthen them and give them resolve to follow You no matter what. Lord, I ask You to give them insight and wisdom. Lord, I ask You to give them vision and understanding. Lord, I pray that You will move them into the future YOU would have for them and give them peace in knowing that YOU ARE in the changes being made in their lives.
In Jesus' Name,

~ My friend, have a blessed day,
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