Published July 25, 2017

Shelia Shares
"Pray, Believe, Have Faith"

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? When you think of all the needs in the world, do you get discouraged? If so, what do you do?

Pray. Believe. Have faith.

There is much to pray about today. Prayer should be a first, not a last resort. We need to ask for answers to the needs around us – to our needs. But, we also need to accept the comfort and reassurance that God gives.

When you face seemingly impossible situations, do you believe God or don't you? That is the bottom line.

Even Christians have moments when it just seems too much to bear.

Elijah was a great prophet of God. He had many challenges and many victories where God was proclaimed as the One True God. But, sometimes after those victories, he sank into despair.

1 Kings:19:10 reads, "So he (Elijah) said, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts...I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.'"

That sounds like a man at the end of his rope. Where could he turn?

Jonah tried to run from the Lord. He disobeyed God, but God stayed with him. Finally, he went where God told him to go; he preached and people were saved. Jonah might have been a good prophet, but he was also a regular man. He wanted his enemies destroyed. God had a different plan and Jonah responded poorly to that plan. Jonah 4:3 reads, "Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!"

Things had not gone as expected – as Jonah wanted – and he despaired.

Life today is no different. There are issues.

A child dies. A marriage ends. An accident happens and dreams collapse. Faith seems to disappear.

I can't make things right for you. I can only pray for you.

But, God is still there today. God is faithful, not just until you die but for eternity. You might give up on God, but God never gives up on you.

Read His promises. Let His love soak into your soul. Remember the past – where you could have been stuck and from where He has already brought you. Affirm again your commitment and accept His salvation, His comfort and His safety.

John 14:6 reads, "Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"

Jesus made a way, even when we can see no way. It hasn't disappeared just because we can't see it.

Faith is believing without seeing. Believing God has our best in His plan. Believing God is with us. Believing God is Who He said He is.

Pray. Believe. Have faith.

- Shelia

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