Not a facelift, a “faith lift.” * It’s changing how we pray. It’s being certain that God can do it, that God will do what He wants to do.
Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Even the disciples showed a lack of faith. Jesus said they had little faith (Matthew 8:26). But they changed and grew, and by the time Jesus had ascended into heaven, they only had to wait for the Holy Spirit. Then, they had the boldness, power, and wisdom to preach the gospel, start the first churches, be the first missionaries. They prayed, Lord increase our faith. (Luke 17:5)
Are you in need of a faith lift today?
Faith—that assurance, certainty, firm belief in what God can do—comes from an accurate knowledge of God’s character. When we know Who God really is, we have a lot less trouble with faith.
Help—Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God (Psalm 146:5).
Uphold—Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10).
Be our refuge—Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:8).
Enable—Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Shelter—He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Psalm 91:4).
Empower—O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God (Psalm 68:35).
Supply every need—But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Teach us wisdom—For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).
Give us joy—Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).
Satisfy—And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not (Isaiah 58:11).
Guide—Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Know our heart—And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us (Acts 15:8).
Give us knowledge—For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy (Ecclesiastes 2:26a).
Provide peace—And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Cast out fear—Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
. . . and much, much more!
When we meditate on God and on what He can do, then we see how easy it is to trust Him.
It’s so much like a parent-child relationship. A small child thinks Daddy and Mommy can do everything. He has confidence that they can help him, provide for him, and fix his toys. A little person doesn’t worry about anything. He knows Daddy and Mommy are there to cater to his every need. He doesn’t think about money or food. He just enjoys what there is.
People who love God can similarly look to Him for everything. They can enjoy life. They can revel in God’s blessings. They don’t have to worry or go around with long faces, because they know their Father is there. He will help them through the difficult times, enable them to do hard things, lead them even through the valley of the shadow.
They know that He has everything under control. Why worry?
When your faith needs a lift—probably daily—go to the Bible. You’ll find that God can!
He (or She! Put your name here.) staggered not at the
promise of God through unbelief;
but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
*I got the expression "faith lift" from Betty Henderson's excellent Bible study, A Woman of Prayer, to be reviewed later.