Do you have a favorite book in the Bible? One that you can turn to and know that you’ll find new insight into living the way God wants? James is my go-to book. It’s the first book I read when I get a new Bible. It’s underscored, highlighted, marked up, and has notes in the margins. It speaks something new to me every time I read it.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. James 1:2-8 (The Message)
Right away we’re told we’ll have tests and challenges. Why? So we are forced to be faithful and let others see Jesus in us. Then, in the next paragraph, we’re told to pray when we aren’t sure. Pray with hearts and minds wide open. Not just saying the words but with the expectation that He WILL answer. And He will! He wants to help us!
Abba, Father, hear my prayer. In all the confusion and challenges of life hear me. Help me show You to the world around me. Let my faith shine! Make it so in Jesus’ Name.
Blessings to you and yours!
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