This morning, I thought about how life circumstances can impact our faith and how we feel. For example, my husband works in commercial construction and the frigid winter weather has led to unsteady work. He is worried about paying the bills and keeping afloat financially. While I definitely understand his concerns, I believe that we can not allow our situation to dictate our emotions or trust in God.
I do not want my lack of anything getting in the way of how strong my faith is, nor do I want my circumstances to control my emotions. I want to have unstoppable faith, like Paul who said, "I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:11-13)
What truly helps me to cling to hope and have unstoppable faith is knowing that God has worked miracles in my past. Sometimes it's a matter of reminding myself on how much my husband and I have overcome with the Lord intervening on our behalf. Also, it's staying plugged into God's Word, surrounding myself around others who lift me up, and spending time in prayer.
Recently, I started reading, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, by Mark Batterson who is a pastor in Washington, D.C. of National Community Church. What I love about his book is that it's stretching my own faith, growing my prayer life, and drawing me closer to Jesus.
The one paragraph that caught my attention was in chapter 4, Praying Through. Batterson writes, "Most of us don't get what we want because we don't know what we want. Here's our secondary problem: Most of us don't get what we want because we quit circling. We give up too easily. We give up too soon. We quit praying right before the miracle happens."
Imagine right now if you would give up on your special hopes and dreams? What if you would forfeit the answer to prayer because you quit too soon? How long are you willing to wait? One month? One year? Ten years? What if you went out on a limb to keep on praying your deepest aspirations and heart-cry for those who are dear to you, despite not receiving instant answers?
What I love about praying through is that it takes us out of our comfort zone. Not just a little bit off of the beaten path, but totally off course. Instead of "praying for", we start "praying through." Praying through involves blood, sweat, and tears. Oh, and let's not forget that it may require many years.
Praying through means to never give up hope. You persevere, rise above adversity, and face your fears head on. You specifically ask for what you want, draw a circle around your prayers, and hold on tight for the ride of your life. The key to praying through is unstoppable faith, which comes from a daily walk with God.
You are no longer begging or pleading for the Lord to answer your prayers. Regardless of the intensity of your circumstances or gut-wrenching pain, you consistently stand firm and begin praising God before He even answers your earnest prayers. While you are actively praying through, you are also praising your mighty Savior. Unstoppable faith celebrates victory before the miracles happen. It's as if they already happened because you trust God is going to be faithful in His promises.
The best part about unstoppable faith is that when your real life miracles happen you know beyond a shadow of doubt that it never could have become possible had it not been for our gracious Father who interceded for you. The Bible declares, "Christ Jesus who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:34 NIV)
I do not know your current circumstances or what you may be enduring, but I do know that unstoppable faith can help strengthen and equip you to boldly come before the Lord with expectation that He hears you and He is working on your behalf. This week, I am praying audacious prayers for miracles and mighty intervention from God. I believe he wants us to ask Him for something so outrageous that only He could turn it into a reality. Let's give Him praises of thanksgiving and anticipate great blessings to be fulfilled. Ultimately, Christ will receive all of the glory!