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Active faith

The Lord has been convicting me lately to have a vibrant and active faith. Not just a faith that I can talk about and agree with half-heartedly but a faith I literally can't contain. A faith that will stand strong no matter what life throws at me. A faith that is exemplified in an intentional prayer life. What would it look like if we all prayed believing that God can do ANYTHING? He can move mountains, He can heal illness, He can wash a person clean from all sins. Mark 11:22-24 says,

"Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

If I'm being honest, I struggle praying for big things. I know God is all-powerful and sovereign and relational and good and merciful and gracious, so why does my prayer life not reflect His character? God wants to hear my big requests. He wants to know what's on my heart. He desires to work all things for His glory and my good. I've got the head knowledge covered. However, I am asking God to give me heart knowledge about what faith looks like. When people look at my life, I want the first thing they notice to be my extreme faith in God and trust in His plan. Granted, asking for all things in faith does not mean that all things in my life will happen the way my plan plays out in my head. Heaven knows I do not know what is best for my life or what is best for God's glory. Let's be real here, if I ran the world, life would be pretty chaotic and insane. But that doesn't mean I can't pray with expectation, knowing that God will answer my prayers with "yes," "no," or "wait". How comforting is it that He always hears our prayers!

Whether things are going well for you or you're confused and at a loss about what God is doing in your life, He loves you and cares for you immensely. If you are a believer in Christ, He's not finished with you yet. Philippians 1:6 says, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ." God is good! Pray with a deep and yearning faith. When people look at your life and mine, may they be drawn closer to God by the way we live in faith and expectation, no matter life's circumstance or situation.

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