Faith muscles

Sometimes we pray and pray and nothing seems to happen. We praise and worship, we keep our confession positive, we try to focus on things from above but we are left with unanswered prayers. The Bible invites us to look at our circumstances through the eyes of faith. In Mark 11:24,we are told that “whatever we ask in prayer, we should believe we have received it.” It takes faith to believe we have received it and faith makes us look at things through God’s lense. The bills are piling up but through the eyes of faith you see yourself debt-free. The kids keeping getting sick but through the eyes of faith you see healthy and happy kids. Now I like to look at faith as a muscle. The more you exercise it, the more it will grow. I see nice gains every time I go to the gym and now I want to see more gains with my faith. How can we build up faith muscles? Every challenge you encounter is an opportunity to make your faith stronger. God is not punishing you. He wants you to stand strong and grow. Prayers might take a while to be answered but just stand. Stand and stand. Don’t give up! You are building amazing muscles. Start looking at these trials as faith muscle builders. The bigger the problem, the more you stay strong and the closer you are to look like a faith body builder. I also suggest making an inventory of what is happening in your life while you are waiting for an answer. Sometimes we are more blessed than we can see but we are blinded by our problems. Celebrate small victories. Turn to people that have huge muscles, so to speak. They will spot you when you can’t hold up those weights. God does answer prayers. The waiting process can be very challenging but it will be in your best interest in the end. You’re making gains!Suggested reading: Matthew 19:26; John 14:13; Acts 3:16; 3 John 2:4