“I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not,” Jesus said to Peter (Luke 22:32). That’s an interesting statement. What does Jesus mean by that? Certainly, He would not pray to prevent an occurrence that could not happen anyway. So what He said must be a real possibility. That is, it’s possible for our faith to fail us. But we can safeguard ourselves if we make it a practice to exercise our faith daily.
To live a vibrant Christian life we must have a solid faith in God and in His Son. But sometimes, even the strongest Christian can find himself at a spiritual low. I find this to be true when you are emotionally connected with the problem at hand. For instance, if you are a parent and your young child is in the hospital hanging on for dear life, the emotional connection cannot be ignored. During such times, it can be hard for you to be strong at the very time you need to be.
If we fail to exercise our faith, it will fail us. By that I don’t mean our faith will cease to exist. Rather, our faith won’t serve us well at the time of testing. That’s why it’s vital that Christians practice daily the lifestyle of living by faith, and that they do those things to help keep their faith in God strong.
The Bible tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but it is spiritual. Smart warriors don’t prepare for battle in the time of war. Rather, they do so during times of peace so that when the battle comes, they are properly prepared for the enemy. As Christians, we must have a similar mindset with regard to our faith. We must exercise our faith daily so that it remains strong and resilient. Doing so will assure us that our faith won’t fail us during those times we need it most.
We are saved by grace through faith. But also we live our daily lives by faith. It is the latter dimension of faith that I am writing of. We need our faith to rise to the occasion when the going gets tough. For that to happen, we must daily exercise this spiritual muscle called faith.
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