One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to dig deeper into the Bible and have His Word stored in my heart (Psalm 119:11). I realise that whenever we come to God and lay our emotions before Him, we also need to let His Word search our hearts and allow His truth to renew us.
We all struggle with temptation and sin every day (Rom 3:23), and know the right thing to do—but it’s a lot easier said than done. Often, we wrestle with our sin for a long time, and sometimes even minimise or excuse it altogether. Talking to others about it may be the last thing on our minds.
So, when we do hear about a friend’s sin, we could be at a loss as to how to respond.
Since my home church in Mexico sent me out for missions in East Asia almost five years ago, I had been living by a mindset that it’s my responsibility to be productive in whatever ministry God leads me to.
However, in the past year, I haven’t felt as busy or “productive” the way I have in other locations I’ve lived in.
The extra downtime has prompted me to reflect on the years I’ve spent on this side of the world, which made me realise that I’ve been feeling weary for quite some time.
These stumbling blocks are lies that l believed for a long time, which made me think that God wasn't for me, and that contrary to what the Bible says, He didn't love me very much, because l didn't deserve it. Such thoughts held me captive and made me miserable.
Perhaps you might feel like we’ve been dealt a bad hand in life—you’ve gone through job losses, financial struggles, abuse, physical ailments, or even the loss of a loved one.
Or maybe you’ve become too accustomed to the comforts of living in the 21st century, having every need met and every desire satisfied with just a click of a button.
In both extremes, the cry of the heart can be surprisingly similar—"Why bother with God?”
When in the company of a fellow brother or sister-in-Christ, I believe there are few things more loving than to pray with them. But oftentimes, we can be so caught up in our busy schedules that we might not be in the right frame of mind to pray intentional prayers.
Here are four ways we can pray for our friends more boldly and relevantly—putting the focus of the prayer time on God and not on our own words and wisdom.
Faith is the foundation for building a relationship with God. It is the confidence and hope that God is working even when you cannot see it. Faith means trusting in God’s love and kindness, that He will deliver on His promises, and lead you to what’s best for you. Faith is more than hoping for something better . . . faith is belief with conviction that God is watching over you, and with you in pain and worry. Faith in God strengthens you when you’re down, gives you hope when you’re suffering, and guidance when you’re lost. Read these articles about Christians learning to trust God more, and growing in their faith.
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.