Scripture Reading: Mark 11:22-24
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “…The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Webster Dictionary sees faith as “an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence.” Verse 22 of our scriptural reference today says, “Jesus answered them, Have faith in God.” Notice that Jesus did not say, “Have faith.” The statement is incomplete unless it reads, “Have faith IN GOD.” Faith is made up of belief and trust, that is, it is both a thing of the mind (intellectual assent) and heart (action). Many people believe God, but they do not trust themselves into His keeping and care; consequently, they are filled with worry and fear. Excessive worry is nothing but practical infidelity (lack of faith). The person who worries excessively reveals his lack of trust in God.
Perhaps, there may be tempting reasons and or experiences why one should no longer have faith in God; ranging from perceived silence from God regarding our prayers. I have heard believers complain bitterly and sincerely of their tiredness of praying and fasting. A sister once said ‘I have prayed for so long. I have prayed all manners of prayers, I have attended mass for this particular intention for over 10 years now, I have fasted (6-12, 6-3, 6-6, 3days etc) for it too. I have done midnight prayer programmes, I have said different types of rosary for one and the same intention, but no favourable answer.” I know that this sister is not alone in this her experience. Some of us have had similar experiences. I met a brother during an evangelization outreach, who said to me ‘I stopped going to church, because I have come to realize that God does not answer prayers.’ This brother has given up having faith in God. Some of us may not have stop going to church, but we have become passive and care-free about having faith in God. I do not know where you belong as you read this reflection today! Is your faith still strong or getting weak, or have you stopped having faith in God, because of some experiences in the past or at present. Whatever may be the condition of your faith in God right now, I present the same word of Jesus to you “Have Faith in God”.
Child of God, do you realize that true faith in God never gives up or quits, for it knows that God always has the final word. Faith in God never quits because God never fails. So we don’t have to give up even when circumstances look impossible. Genuine faith is relying on God’s direction and on who he is. God is reliable. He is the God who raises the dead! Even when it looks like all hopes are gone – it is never too late for God. Even when all reasons tell us to give up, we can keep on trusting God and believe that He is working to bring about good. For God always keeps His Word and brings it to fulfillment. For the Psalmist says” In his Word do I hope” (Psa.130:5).God’s Word is always the final reality. Hear Him in Jeremiah 1:12b “I am watching over My word to perform it.” So we need to keep speaking in agreement with God’s Word for it is ultimate Truth! Circumstances can change. Doctors can be wrong. Lawyers can change their mind. But God never changes! If you trust God He will not let you down SAY THIS: God never quits, so I will never quit believing God’s Word.
- Thank God for His word today as you prepare for one day fasting starting on Friday
- Tell God to forgive you for the times you lost faith in Him.
- Father, do not allow me to quit having faith in you.
- Pray for the grace to persevere in your faith to the end.
- Pray for those who have lost their faith in God, that the Holy Spirit will rekindle the fire of faith in them.
- Declare this: I receive the faith to make the impossible possible in the name of Jesus (3 times)
Exercise: Meditate on the word of God in Matthew 21:19-22
Memory Verse: Hebrews 11:20