Active faith

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18

We often exercise faith multiple times in a day in tiny little ways. We have faith that our car will work as intended, that our food has been prepared properly, and that friends will keep their word and attend our party. We cannot often prove that these things are the case, but we trust others to do as they have said they would. In the same way, people of faith trust in God to keep his promises of salvation. We live our lives knowing that God is with us and has saved us from our sins through the work of Jesus on the Cross. We trust him with our lives and worship him, accordingly, exercising our faith in light of salvation.

But how often do we exercise our faith in God in the little times of life? We can find it really easy to trust in God when things are going really well, and conversely, when things are going terrible, we can find it easy to turn to him for help. But how often do we turn to God for help and support in our little everyday things? When was the last time you prayed that God would keep you safe as you drive to work? That God will be with the people who have prepared your food? That God protect and strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ? When was the last time you had a quiet night in and thanked God for the calmness of the night?

Prayer is a powerful tool; it is not something to be saved for a rainy day but used as often as possible. In scripture there are no restrictions placed on the frequency of prayer, in fact we are encouraged to pray as often as we can for as much as we can.

To not use prayer, to not exercise our faith is to waste it.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18