Over the course of the next few blogs you will be reading excerpts from Cornerstone’s New Years Day message. We will be talking about strengthening our prayer lives in 2012 by coming to God through:
Faith with a
Adoring God before everything else
Confessing both the strengths and weaknesses of our situation
Thanking Him for His move in our lives as we recognize it and finally
Supplicating with the Lord in regards to the things HE wants to give us.
Today we are going to talk about approaching God with faith.
For many the area of our prayer life that needs to be changed is faith.
James 1: 5-7 says “If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks he must believe and not doubt, because HE who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed about by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord he is a double minded man unstable in all he does.”
How do you view God? Do you view Him as the loving and benevolent father who desires to give good gifts to His children or do you think of Him as someone who is out to get you, a “sometimes enemy”, who may or may not have your back. You see faith in prayer and thus answered prayer are directly linked to how we think of and relate to God.
Today I don’t want to talk about how to defeat doubt. I want to talk about how to build faith: If you struggle here are three simple things you can do to build faith in 2012.
1. Begin to ask God daily for a greater measure of faith. He has the power to increase faith in your life. It is one of the supernatural gifts mentioned in I Cor. 12. So ultimately faith comes from Him.
2. Begin to challenge your own faith in small ways. When you lose your keys, ask Him to help you find them. Stop throughout the day and ask for help with everything
3. Join a group of faithful Christians for a Bible study and refuse to quit when it gets hard.
These three things will begin to change the way you relate to God in faith!
This is so good, Pastor J. I’m not sure that I’ve asked Him to increase my faith before. ! Just praying throughout the day and seeing Him show up all over the place, helping me and others, answering prayer, this increases my faith. God bless you and your ever growing faith!
Watching as prayers get answered is a real faith builder. I had an experience with this just this morning. HE is so good! How could I ever doubt Him? 🙂
Thanks, Pastor J for letting God use you to teach others about HIm. This is even better the second time. What has helped build my faith? Reading my bible more, as well as, being around other believers who are standing on and claiming His promises just like me. Praying with others at the RPM meetings really increased my faith over these past few months. May my faith continue to increase with each and every day. Thanks, Pastor J for sharing your message of
“Just the F.L.A. C.T.S. Please.”
You are welcome Deb! Standing side by side with others who are believing God for big things is indeed a real faith builder. We support each other that way in a web of faith! 🙂
“Adoring God before everything else.” that is what prayer means to me and leads to majesty! Thanks!
You are most welcome Tom. Good to hear from you!