A Prayer About Faith

Dear Heavenly Father

Your word in Hebrews 11:1 tell us that: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

And while I have seen the faith of my Grandmother move mountains, my faith despite seminar training, preaching and reading of the word remains complex.

Dear Heavenly Father

My faith takes many forms, from church practice to personal spirituality to honest questioning, to struggle, and even doubt.  Sin is a constant companion to my faith urging me to return to a lifestyle where lustful desires are the norm, lying is acceptable and selfless acts are tolerated.

Dear Heavenly Father

As I navigate this world I humbly ask that you would

  • Strengthen my faith and keep me away from sin
  • Inform my faith with a deeper understanding of your Word
  • Use my faith to do your will not mine to reach the saved and the lost

Dear Heavenly Father

Your servant Martin Luther King, Jr. said this about faith: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”   Father today:

  • I don’t see the whole staircase about my mother’s health… but I walking up anyway because I have faith
  • I don’t see the whole staircase about paying for seminar while paying the bills…. but I walking up anyway because I have faith
  • I don’t see the whole staircase about the presidential election… but I walking up anyway because I have faith

Dear Heavenly Father

This time spent with you in prayer has helped me realize that I do not have to understand my faith.  All I must do is to have it and you Lord will bring the understanding by and by.

Dear Heavenly Father

Thank you for this time with you today.  I hope that the words of my private prayer to you bring some meaning to the public that might read it today.

And it is in Jesus name that I pray… Amen, Amen and Amen




Living A Life Of Abundance

Now that we have completed the first full week of 2016, how are those New Year’s resolutions going?

If you are like me, the resolutions of losing weight, getting daily exercise, and getting more sleep have long been broken.

So why do we make resolutions in the first place?  I would suspect that many of us do it so we can live a more abundant life.

If a more abundant life is what we are seeking, the resolutions that we make every year really do not matter.  Why?  Because Jesus has told us in John 10:10   that he want us to have life and to live it abundantly

How to live a life of abundance?

Abundance tag

So what does it means to live an abundant life?  In Hebrews 11:1 Paul tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Then in Hebrews 11:2-40 the writer shows us through the lives of people like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab that a life of abundance is about living a life of faith.

Abundance is NOT What Some Think

Abundance -Rabbit

The powerful message of Hebrews 11 shows us that abundance is not about prosperity and plenty, but it is about faith.

  • By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did.
  • By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.
  • By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, built an ark to save his family.
  • By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

And it is by faith that we will also live a life of abundance.

Hebrews 11 highlights people of great faith and blessing, but also tells us that many believers were tortured, mocked, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawed in two,  mistreated and homeless.

And so it will be in our lives.  We will have days, weeks and perhaps even years experiencing anything but abundance.  However, just like the heroes of the Bible in Hebrews 11, it is our steadfast faith that will bring us abundance.

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5

Therefore, when we live a life of faith, regardless of whatever life brings us, we will indeed live a life of abundance.

Pope Francis The Simplicity of Faith While Traveling in a Little Fiat

In choosing to ride in a little Fiat instead of a fancy limousine. Pope Francis reminded Americans and the world of the simplicity of faith.

Sometimes we make faith so complicated that no one can understand it.

However, a complicated faith is not God’s intent. Put simply, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

The words of Scripture are filled with simple words and concepts that are so deep that theologians spend a lifetime in study trying to understand them, but so simple that even a child can comprehend them.

Therefore, our tasks as Christians is not to be fooled by those who will try to over complicate our faith.

Distorting the faith with requirements of status, grandeur and outright lies about everything from how to be saved to how the faithful should give of their money, time and talents.

As Paul reminds us in Second Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

Pope Francis, in his visit to the United States, as he has during his papacy, is stressing the humanity, the humility and the simplicity of Christ.

He is calling Christians in this consumer driven, unfeatured capitalistic American society to do the same.

The Pope is calling on us as Jesus told us in Matthew 6:19-21  to break the yoke of materialism.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

While many may view the Pope riding around in Fiat as a potential financial blessing for the car company.

The real blessings belongs to us.

For in every mile driven in that Fiat, the Pope emulates Jesus.

Demonstrating that our faith is not about elaborate theology, mega churches, airplanes for the pastor, or luxury cars.

Rather our faith is simply the belief that God sent His own son to be born in a manger.  And that through Jesus, life teachings and death, we are bound to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Living a life of simple abundance, not of material things, but of an abundance of carrying for the orphan, the lame, the widower and of the immigrant.

All good and simple things to ride around with the Pope and with us in that little Fiat.