Faith for This Moment

February 1, 2014

Today’s Reflection

AT NO MOMENT in our lives do we have sufficient faith. The very nature of our journey with God entails our desire to believe more.

We may deem our current state of faith as lacking in comparison to life’s challenges. Do we exhibit enough faith and belief in God to make it through this day? We may answer yes reluctantly. What about having enough faith and belief in God to make it through the next week, the next month, the next year, or even the next decade?

Thankfully, God asks us to believe enough only for the “now,” the present, the moment. When life’s surprises stretch our faith in God, then we – with the boy’s father [in Mark 9:14-29] – can pray, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Focus for Today
When life’s challenges confront you today and you feel unable to cope, pray the father’s prayer: “I believe; help my unbelief!” Let God demonstrate divine compassion at work even when your faith and belief in God seem insufficient.

- Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus

From pages 52-53 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you define the words “faith?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Matthew 5:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone who makes you uncomfortable. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember:   Agnes (January 28).

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robert moeller February 1, 2014 at 6:52 am

Faith is like my grand-daughter who believes I won’t drop her when she flies around the room. Its knowing that things will be all right because of someone, God especially, in whom you have placed your life. While we plan for the future and ask God’s guidance and wisdom in doing so, we trust one day at a time. Jesus said, “Today’s worries are enough for today.”

Lord, thank You for time with my son, Erich. We’re having a good trip, German food and a good pizza yesterday, skiing and a meal at the Octagon today, discussions about school, family, and the future.

Help us to deal with those who make us uncomfortable and may we not be uncomfortable for others. In Your name I pray, Lord. Amen

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Bobbie Smith February 2, 2014 at 6:49 am

Forgetting
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I’m
Trusting
Him

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Kim Jenkins February 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Faith is the hope I have in Christ Jesus, that keeps me fighting the good fight even when I feel that I am failing miserably.

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