February 1, 2021

More Faith

Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? 
Genesis 18:14a
We often wonder why God doesn't respond to our prayers more quickly... or with the exact answer we imagine we want, for that matter. We also wonder why God won't perform a miracle for us in order to prove that what the Bible says is true. But some prayers will always be answered exactly as we want—prayers such as, "Thy will be done." And some wonders will always be performed upon request, for example, "Lord, increase my faith."

This last prayer isn't a magical incantation, of course. Faith is not a wish to be granted. But the prayer for faith prayed by one who trusts in God's love will always be answered. Though nothing is too wonderful for God, to ask God for a faith that understands and accepts God's will is the best prayer of all. "Although a little faith saves," said Charles Spurgeon, "there is more faith to be had—faith which strengthens, gladdens, honors and makes useful is a most desirable grace of God."

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
 Luke 17:5
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I believe, Lord; help my unbelief. Grant me a faith that sees beyond the difficulties of today and trusts you for tomorrow.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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