For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,

but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. We’ve been talking about expectations and pressures the last couple of days and how we can grow stronger and deeper in our faith this year.  So, let’s examine our prayer life for a minute. Is it filled with faith? One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving. When I examine my own prayer life, I’ve discovered that I’ve often asked God for things He’s already done or promised.  For example, have you ever prayed, “Oh God, be with me today.” Sometimes I wonder if God doesn’t just shake His head and think, “Well, let me see, I don’t know, I’m really busy and not sure I can be with you today or not.” The fact is He has already promised us more than once, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age!” (Matthew 28:20)  “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” (Hebrews 13:5) So, rather than asking God to be with us, a prayer of faith would acknowledge His presence. “Thank You, Father, that You are with me!” Do you feel the difference in the confidence that can bring your soul when you pray with faith thanking God for what He has promised you? You’ve just begun a New Year with great expectations in what only God can do. You will face pressures and problems that will attempt to derail you from believing God and seeing Him come through for you in ways that only He can do. When they come, meet them with prayers of faith that build confidence by claiming the promises of God. Today’s verse is a great one to meditate on and pray back to God in faith.

“Thank You, Father, that You have not given me a spirit of fear or timidity. Thank You that You are my strength and have given me a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.”

Practice praying in faith and watch your confidence grow!