Do you sometimes cower at your circumstances, wondering why your faith isn’t up for the task?
How much faith we have is directly proportionate to how much faith we practice…or exercise. Last week I shared with you three small habits to grow your faith. Here are four more small ways you can get your faith into tip top shape.
- Take time to praise God daily.
This is different than thanking God. Praise is adoring God for who He is, not just thanking Him for what He has done. Our gratitude can sometimes be focused on us and what we want, and how God pleased us. But praise moves us out of the picture and is centered on God’s character and attributes.
There are many ways we can praise God creatively. For example, praise God through the alphabet by choosing an attribute of His for each of the ABCs: “God, You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are capable. You are deity. You are everlasting…” Or take one letter a day and praise God with as many words that start with that letter that you can think of. For example: “God you are capable. You are compassionate. You are caring. You are the Comforter.” As you praise Him and remind yourself of His attributes, you are recounting your reasons for having faith in Him.
- Ask for divine appointments.
I believe every day there are God-appointments for us to live out our purpose, impact others eternally. and bring glory to God. We just need eyes to see these divine appointments and boldness to act upon them.
Over the past five decades of walking with God and both seeing and missing divine appointments, I’ve learned that when I specifically ask for divine appointments to serve someone, make a difference, glorify God, or share the Gospel, God gives them to me every time. Perhaps by asking for them, I am more on the alert to recognize them when they appear before me. I’m convinced every time you ask for a divine appointment (or for eyes to see the one already in front of you), He will provide it, too. That conviction is based on 1 John 5:14-15, which tells us if we ask anything according to His will He hears us and if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we will receive what we’ve asked of Him. It’s definitely God’s will that we partake in His divine appointments and the “good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB). So, ask for divine appointments – and then act upon them – and it will build your faith.
- Ask big things of God.
Scripture tells us we do not have because we do not ask (James 4:2). I believe God is waiting for the challenge, for us to ask so big and exercise so much faith that we are convinced when He answers that it had to be Him. Of course He can provide your sustenance as you pray “Give us this day, our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) and care for His own when you pray “Please bless my church and the missionaries.” But ask Him for something specific and something too big for you to accomplish on your own and it will strengthen your faith each time you witness God come through and you realize it wasn’t a coincidence or a result of your own efforts.
Unleash the wonders of God by asking for what only He can do. (I’m not referring to asking that you win the lottery so you can give half of it to your church, or praying that you be promoted at your job so you can buy that multi-million-dollar home). Ask according to God’s will. Ask in Jesus’ name – which means asking God the Father for something that Jesus, His Son, would ask for. Ask on behalf of Jesus, so God will be glorified. God loves to answer big prayers. He is the God of the impossible. And without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:). So, please His heart – and build your faith – by asking big.
- Whisper His name.
There are times we need God, but we just don’t know what to say or where to begin. Start by saying His name and then speak your heart’s cry. Scripture says there is power in the name of Jesus, not only because “Salvation is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12), but because Jesus responds to His name when His loved ones call to Him.
The writers of the classics called this type of whispering cry “breath prayers.” My breath prayers to sense His presence are “Jesus, I need You” or “Jesus, give me a heart for You.” Calling His name just as often as we breathe is one of the simplest ways to sense His presence and remind ourselves that He is there. I believe the simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart –and ours – the quickest. And when we call on His name and sense His presence, it builds our faith.
Which of these ways to grow your faith will you focus on this week? I’d love to hear it in the comment section below.