“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I can see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis
I love C.S. Lewis and this quote is about as good as they come to start any conversation regarding faith. Faith is a subject that captivates people. But, what is faith in it’s fullest? The Bible teaches in many passages that faith is something that our human minds can’t fully grasp:
“Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine……”
Ephesians 3:20 (noted above) is a statement the Apostle Paul makes to the Ephesian Church. How do we have faith in something that can do more than our minds can comprehend though? Or is that the very point the Apostle Paul was making? Praying by faith requires a person to believe far beyond their own understanding. When you pray for something that causes the greatest level of anxiety or stress, have you ever considered how comforting it is to know that these passages exist to allow for our faith to take control?
Personally, I spent a long time believing in God, but limiting what He could do because I only allowed my mind to believe in what was humanly possible. Paul in the above passage to the Ephesian church modeled what faith is, but this leads me into a more pressing question: do we know what it means to pray by faith?
When you pray, do you pray with the understanding of this passage? If not, perhaps try and apply it . Praying without ceasing and trusting God with everything – taking the anxieties of life and placing them in God’s hands is fundamentally different than how we process things with our modern human understanding. That is what living by faith means.
I have had the opportunity to sit with people who were going through some incredibly challenging times where we could not even find words to pray. Seeing how our faith impacts our prayer and brings peace is amazing – it shows the very heart of God. Prayer that starts with an understanding that God can surpass our knowledge and heal, restore or love us beyond all measure brings relief and comfort – even in distress. What I am speaking about it not emotion, it is the rooted connection that is formed between God’s love for us, the promises of scripture that apply to us today, and the core belief/faith we each hold.
As I conclude, I want to challenge you to read the full passage quoted below and begin to shape your prayer life around it. You see, faith is like walking into a dark room and flipping a light switch – we trust it to lighten the room. When we pray in faith, we needn’t worry – we can trust in God just as we instinctively trust in the light switch.
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:17-21 )