From Pastor’s Thoughts: The Fight of Faith Part 2

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The Fight of Faith

Part 2

Friday April 17th, 2020

Jeremiah 33:1-3

The Creator of the universe invites us to call on Him and He will answer us. Jeremiah was in prison under a false accusation of treason when God spoke these words to him (Jer. 32). Jeremiah had been praying, and yet God came to him and said: “Call to Me”. The Bible teaches us the value of persistence in prayer (Luke 18:1-8). Many times, we give up and lose faith in God when our prayers aren’t answered immediately. We pray, nothing happens, and we say, “I guess God doesn’t want to do it.” God may be requiring ; persistence in prayer to create consistency and demonstrate earnestness on our part. We should continue our fight of faith and persist in prayer until God answers us; and remember, the answer may be different from our expectations.

Right now, we are all praying that God will eradicate COVID-19 from our communities, protect our families and friends, help and uphold those around the world, and use this season to awaken many hearts to the truth of Jesus. We may be feeling confused or discouraged, because this season is lasting much longer than we anticipated or hoped. Sometimes, when we ask something of the Lord, He will say “Wait” because the timing is not right. God has reasons for His “Not yets” and we must not insist that we know better than He does. When the timing is right, God will say, “Let’s go!”

When our requests are aligned with God’s will and timing, God is ready to change that circumstance and answer our prayers. Sometimes when we pray, things seem to get worse. Jeremiah was prophesying God’s word and was thrown in prison. It appeared God wasn’t paying attention, but God said, “Call to Me”.

Today God is telling us to continue our fight of faith. He is saying, “Don’t give up. Don’t despair. Don’t quit! Call to Me and I will answer.”

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