"And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith." -Matthew 6:30 (NLT)
Do you ever feel like your faith is small....way too small? Maybe you feel like you should know better and if anyone knew the truth, they would be appalled? Maybe when you look around you, it seems as if everyone else has this great big faith and all you have is this tiny pebble?
Why do you think that is? Is it because we've all been so conditioned to see others as better or "holier" or is it that we tend to look down on our own beliefs and relationship with God? The bible says that all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Faith can come through genuine prayer. Not the formalized, repetition "Our Fathers" on Sunday mornings, but genuine, on-your-knees, heartfelt prayer.
Some people might say, "I'm not very good at that. Are we going to do a bible study on genuine prayer?" Sure. You can do a bible study all you want.....in your own home. We dont need corporate worship to pray. We don't need the pastor to lead us or prompt us on what to say. I tell the youth constantly that prayer is just a conversation with God. Anyone can do it. I often start my prayers off like "Hey God, I just wanna talk for a little while. Do you think that would be ok?" The Holy Spirit is available 24/7. If you want to learn how to pray, then get on your knees, open your mouth, and ask God, "Teach me to pray."
Prayer has incredible power to build your faith. You might find yourself filled with anxiety, concerns, or stresses, and it is in those times that you MUST pray. Get by yourself, kneel in humility before God, and in the simplest language you know, talk to your Father about it. Through genuine, heartfelt prayer, you can exchange your anxiety for faith.
So, for all those who want their faith to keep growing, believe that your faith can increase, expose yourself to God's Word, and genuinely pray.