3 … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
If you are born again, you have the substance of faith in you. It can grow, although you may not be using it or developing it. Muscles in the body become weak when they are not used over time. Some muscles also turn into fat due to lack of use. Muscles only get stronger over time because they are developed by exercise. In the same way, your faith can grow, become strong and tough if exercised.
Irrespective of your status or role in life, if you are supposed to do something by faith and you don’t do it, you are cheating yourself. If you transfer the work of faith to your pastor or someone else and such person uses his faith to arrive at an answer, his faith muscle grows while your faith muscle would have lost the opportunity to grow. Sadly, when that strong faith is needed to help your children and it is absent, you would then have become a victim of your carelessness.
When you pray by faith over a situation, for example, the salvation of a soul, you may not achieve an immediate result. The person may not get saved immediately but it would have developed prayer power inside you. Such power will be necessary and required on the day your wife or son needs you to pray for them. So, don’t think you are helping God because you are only helping yourself by taking the instructions in the Bible seriously.
PRAYER: Lord, I exercise and grow my faith in You on ordinary days. When those closest to me need my faith in You, I won’t fail them in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Joshua 9:3-10:43; Luke 16:19-17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4