Fired Faith

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Holy Father,

Why am I so opposed to going through the fire? 

You promised that You would never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 24:20), but somehow I still have my doubts. I confess that when I look back on my life, I see Your complete faithfulness. But then again, there is tomorrow. What’s the deal?

It’s that trust thing, isn’t it? 

Faith is a gift from You (Ephesians 2:8). You have divvied up trust for each of us, giving each just the right amount (Romans 12:3). But I guess I tend to be more like the father with the sick child in the Gospel of Mark. I believe in You—to an extent—but, whew, I need a fresh portion of faith for the next challenge (Mark 9:24).

Faith is like manna, huh? We can’t stockpile it but only get just enough for the current need. 

You have promised to rain faith from heaven for us. Every day, we are to go and gather one day’s portion (Exodus 16:4). Every day. It’s so simple, but I think I forgot to ask You for my share this morning. Maybe that’s the reason I’m hungry. 

Can I start over?

Can I have my allotment of faith for this day? You can see how hungry I will be. You know how much I will need. 

Paul talked about the faith of the Thessalonians being greatly enlarged (2 Thessalonians 1:3). Could you do that for me? But maybe I need a bigger container to receive it in. Perhaps You’d better enlarge my heart while You are at it (Psalm 119:32). Make me a person who makes You proud. And in the meantime, get me through today. I love you. In Jesus’s name, amen.