Foundations of Faith: A Dynamic of Prayer


“Foundations of Faith” may be too broad a topic for this brief blog entry.  What I really am reflecting on today comes from the content of a recent Bible study at Lake Pointe Dadeville, Alabama, in which we considered four things that should provide an undergirding of faith in the believer.  Faith is, of course, the gift of God since the Bible tells us that He “has given to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).  Still, we can perhaps identify at least four qualities or characteristics which describe a framework on which our faith (trust in, reliance upon) God can rest.

First, we should recognize that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28).  The fact that we are created by God in His likeness should help us understand that He has vested us with some degree of dominion, since God is sovereign over all things.  God has made us to “rule…over all the earth…” and has empowered us with immense capabilities.  Faith, then, should rest upon the basis of our creation – we are made in the likeness of God, for the purpose of God, and given power by God to be and do as He wills.

We should also recognize that God has adopted us into His family (Galatians 4:4-7).  The child of God has received the “adoption of sons” through Jesus Christ and we have family relationship – personal relationship – with our Heavenly Father!  How our faith should be strengthened when we realize we trust in and rely upon our “dad”.  Our Heavenly Father loves us and has proven His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).  Because we are His children, we can surely count on him in faith.

The third item we should consider is our identity in Christ (Ephesians 2:1-7).  You and I are not just identified with Christ in His vicarious death on our behalf: we are also identified with Him in His resurrection.  Just as Christ was raised from the dead (for evidence see 1 Corinthians 15 where we read that the risen Christ was seen by over five hundred witnesses!), you and I are, in Christ, raised to a “new life” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we are made to sit with Christ “in heavenly places”.  Have you ever felt that your prayers are not getting any higher than the ceiling of your room?  The next time the devil tries to pull that doubt over you, just remind him that your prayers do not need to go through the ceiling!  As you lay your head on the Father’s bosom, all you need to do is whisper in God’s ear!!

Finally, you and I must accept our role in Christ (Revelation 1:6).  God has made us priests and kings in the realm of His dominion.  You and I can be sure of our trust in and reliance upon God because we are His priests, His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), and as such we have direct and privileged communications with Him.

My hope is that these thoughts have encouraged your faith and inspired you to renew your commitment to regularly and fervently connect with God in prayer and intercession.  When you do, you are standing on a sure foundation!

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~ by brotherfaron on July 8, 2016.

2 Responses to “Foundations of Faith: A Dynamic of Prayer”

  1. Good word!

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