Why Do I Bother?

Q. I have had several major trials in my life recently. In each case I sought the Lord with much prayer as well as tears. In each case my worst fears came to be. My question is how do I pray in faith not wavering. The only faith I have left is Jesus died for my sins, and sometimes I think I wouldn’t be shocked if that turned out not to be true. Prayer has become a matter of hope with little faith when I even bother to pray. Its hard to line up what I believe with actual life.

A. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trials, but take heart for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). You didn’t say anything about these trials so I don’t know whether you brought them on yourself or were just the victim of things that happen to people from to time.

In any case the Lord never promised we wouldn’t have problems, but He did promise to see us through them. The bottom line is you’re still here, having survived them, and He’s still with you, just like He said He’d be. “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

As I’ve said before, faith is like a muscle. If you want it to stay strong, you have to exercise it. One way we exercise our faith is to stay engaged with the Lord through daily reading in the Bible.

We all know that a few minutes of daily exercise keeps our muscles strong. In the same way, a few minutes of reading the Bible every day keeps our faith strong. It reminds us of all the promises the Lord has made and kept through the ages. It will also improve our prayer life by bringing to mind things we should pray about. I believe God had the Bible written for just this purpose.

Paul said, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17)

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