For Those Who Have Lost Their Faith

This morning we received an anonymous prayer request on our website.I have lost my faith. Please pray that if I am to regain it, that God, and Jesus, choose to make himself clear to me. I need to see some miracles, because I have simply seen too much heartache to believe that Jesus is real and brings comfort. I appreciate your prayers on my behalf, because I don’t feel that my prayers have been heard.” My heart goes out to you dear sister/brother. It sounds like your faith has been gradually eroded through some very difficult life circumstances. You are absolutely right in asking for God’s help, which shows that your faith still has a spark of life. The Bible says that faith is a gift given to us by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8). It is not ours to gain or lose because it is a gift and as far I understand the Scripture, it can never be taken away. It unites us to Christ and straps us to his love so that nothing in this universe (neither death nor life… Romans 8:37-39) can separate us. Yet, many of us have experienced being overwhelmed by life to such an extent that our faith is smacked around and battered. It is tossed around by the wind and waves like the disciples’ boat caught in the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41). And where was Jesus? He was asleep in the back seat. “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” they yelled as they woke him up. Sounds like how you might feel. When he awoke he rebuked the wind and the waves telling them to “be still.” Then he said to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you not have faith?” Of course they had faith, but it was not yet fully developed. They were not like the Pharisees who were characterized by unbelief. If the disciples’ faith was strong they would have let him sleep and said, “it is enough that Jesus is with us, we do not need to fear.” However, though their faith was fearfully weak and all they could see was the storm, they still believed enough to turn to Jesus and then they saw his power. My dear brother/sister, your faith has been weakened by the storm and even though Jesus seems to be sleeping, he is still in the boat. Do not bail out but continue to seek him and cry out to him and let his grace restore your faith. Do not expect to have all your questions answered—apologetics rarely brings us back to faith. This is not a problem of convincing your mind, but an issue of the heart. Also, this is not the time to cut yourself off from other Christians and that is why I am glad you asked for prayer. Now is not the time for solitude and seclusion, but a time to stay connected to the community of faith, which is a means of grace meant to restore and encourage our faith. Listen to the hymns and the worship songs, even if you can’t sing them. Listen to Scripture even if you can’t read it yourself. Hear the prayers of God’s people, and make them your own. When the Lord’s Supper is served take it with hope that it may feed your hungry soul. Father in heaven, God of power and Lord of mercy, from Whose fullness we have received grace upon grace, please help our “little” faith which is being overwhelmed by the storm of doubt. May the fearfulness of our hearts and the limitations which our failures have imposed upon our hope never blind us to You. You are the source of every good thing, and we cling to the promise that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Restore our hope within the community of those who believe, and may we grow in faith and in the joy of our salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Leslie on September 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Amen, and amen!

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  2. Posted by Paul on September 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Well said, Pastor Dave.

    Anonymous, I do indeed pray that you will see miracles – that your eyes would be opened to the countless miracles amidst the blinding heartache. And, to paraphrase a song: May Jesus calm your storm. If not, may he calm his child.

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  3. Posted by Sarah on October 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thankful for those words!

    Reply

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