[REPUBLISHED] Prayers for When Your Faith is Going Through Trials

Update

Today, I bring you a special message from the throne of grace.

You see, sometimes in life, your faith will be tried in diverse ways.

  • What should you do at such times?
  • What kind of prayers should you pray?

I published an article sometime ago that provides you with prayers for when your faith is being tried.

Read it below to be strengthened


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Reflection

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – James 1:2-4

In this scripture, James is not saying we should be happy when we fall into sin. That’s not the kind of temptation he is talking about here. He’s talking about the trying of your faith.

If you fall into sin, repent. Cry out for help and mercy.

Don’t say, “Well, LORD, You know, I just fell into sin. I am very happy right now.”

You shouldn’t count it joy when you fall into the temptation of sin. We know that’s not what James meant.

So what is this trying of your faith?

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Living Bible (TLB) puts it this way:

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. (Hebrews 11:1 – TLB).

Did you see that?

Simply put, the Word is saying that what you are expecting and praying for, and confessing is surely going to happen. Yes, your hope is waiting for you, even though you do not see it.

But according to James, this faith might be tried.

Some of us are going through this trying of our faith right now. Some have gone through it in the past. Some will go through it eventually.

Somehow, we all go through some kind of trial of faith.

And make no mistake, sometimes it can be very fierce.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you (1 Peter 4:12 – KJV)
My friends, don’t be surprised at the painful things that you are now suffering, which are testing your faith. Don’t think that something strange is happening to you (1 Peter 4:12 – ERV).
Did you see that?
Sometimes, the trials of your faith can be fierce and strange.

Why do we go through this trying of faith?

First, I believe it’s because we live in a wicked world, governed by wicked and dishonest men, whose hearts are hardened to the ways of God.

Secondly, our redemption in Christ is an ongoing process until we meet with Christ. Until that happens, there’s going to be some kind of trial of faith from time to time.

Thirdly, there is also a continuous spiritual warfare against our faith. The devil is doing all he can to plant doubt, fear, backsliding, and all the other negatives in our minds. But he will keep failing

(See Revelation 12).


What is the trying of our faith?

The trying of our faith is relative and varies to each individual. That means your own trying of faith is different from mine, and that of the other believer. To some, their trying of faith is about the public confession of Jesus Christ. To some, it’s about the challenges of life that they are going through.

I believe that the trying of your faith is also the testing of your faith in Christ in relation to your earnest desires and prayers. I believe that it is the times that things seem to be getting worse even though you are praying, sowing seeds, doing powerful midnight warfare prayers, and making powerful confessions and declarations for a breakthrough.

You’re doing what you’re supposed to do, standing your ground and continuously resisting the devil. Yet it seems that you’re not doing enough. The pains seem to be increasing. The bills seem to keep rising.  You can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong.

Beloved, your faith might be going through a test.

Now, don’t misunderstand me. God isn’t saying, “I need to try your faith, so I’m going to do all kinds of things in your life to see if you can still trust Me.”

No. God isn’t trying to figure out whether we have faith.

I believe that all of these trials are orchestrated by the manifold wickedness of the devil, his agents, and dishonest and corrupted minds in the world that we live.

However, in it all, God establishes us in a closer relationship with Him more firmly.

Just like the three Hebrew boys, it’s intended to impact our resolve positively. To make us say:

“Well, LORD, You know, I’m going to press hard, pray hard and believe You for a supernatural deliverance in this situation. But whatever happens, You’re still my God.”

The Bible says:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. – Daniel 3:16-18

That’s like saying…

It doesn’t matter what’s happening; it doesn’t matter what I’m going through; it doesn’t matter how stressful things seem right now. God, I’m going to trust YOU, for You are God alone.

Until we get to the level where we say, “Well, You know LORD, I am pressing hard in this situation. I am going to stand in prayers and persist and see things change. But LORD, know in advance that You’re my God no matter what happens.”

Until we get to that level of commitment, we still have a long way to go.

We’re not serving God for things. We’re serving Him for who He is.

God doesn’t take us in a straight line. There will be twists, turns, the bad breaks, the falls, and so on. But they will all work out for His good in your life.

There will always be things we don’t understand. There will always be unanswered questions.

We don’t have to understand everything to trust that God is in control.

Faith is trusting God even when life doesn’t make sense.

 


What Should You Do If You Think Your Faith is Going Through  Trials?

Yes, it’s possible that your faith is being tried right now. What should you do if that’s exactly where you are today?

  • You’re going to keep standing
  • You’re going to keep believing
  • You’re going to keep praying
  • You’re going to keep praising

According to James, the trying of your faith will produce patience. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36).

But notice that patience also needs to have some works attached to it. That means you won’t relax and say I’m patiently waiting. You’ll keep pressing hard in prayers and praise. You’ll continue to pray in tongues and watch what He will say to You.

You’re not going to draw back and say, “You know, this isn’t working.”

But you must strive to be joyful even as you pray through your challenges. When God sees that you don’t have to have it to be happy and trust him, many times, He will give you back what you were willing to give up.

Yes, your prayers are working.

One thing God showed me in this time of reflection is that our prayers are working no matter what we see physically.

God answers our prayers, but sometimes, not as we want it.

How did He remind me that?

In 2003, I was a pastor in a small community. There was this man whose life was going south. His wife was emotionally unstable, and they were barely making ends meet. Things were not good, and everyone in that community knew him and his family.

When he joined our church, well, we’re a praying church, and we believe that prayer changes all things. We spent days and months praying with him and his family. However, from the physical, it seemed that we achieved little.

I later resigned from that Church in 2005, left that town, and moved to Lagos following God’s direction. A few days ago, that’s15 years later, I met with one of the pastors who assisted me in that community. He’s a building engineer, and we were working on a project. Somehow, we got talking about old times. Then he shared with me that Mr. Charles had gone on to send all his children to the university and became a very comfortable fellow.

“What happened?” I asked frantically.

“I can’t tell exactly,” he said. “But I know that things just changed for him. In fact, some years ago, he came looking for you and others, but was denied access to you…. Well, he still managed to locate Pastor Victor and blessed him.”

“Wow!” I shouted. “Forget about him looking for me to be a blessing. God has shown me what I am looking for.”

If I needed a reminder that God answers prayers, that story was it.

God answers all our prayers, only sometimes, not at our time and terms, but on His time and terms.

So, yes, beloved. All your prayers are working.

You’re going to keep on praying, praising, believing and standing, in Jesus Christ name.


Prayers for When Your Faith is Being Tried

1. Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank You because You have not failed me. Yes, I might be feeling bad at times when my prayer seems delayed. But LORD, those are just my feelings. My feelings change and fluctuate, but Your Words are ever true. Your words never change.

Today, LORD, I submit to Thee. I confess that You are at work in my life to cause all things to work out for my good. For this I praise You forever and ever, in Jesus name.


2. Dear Heavenly Father, when my heart is in doubt, remind me by Your Spirit that You made Your LOVE manifest in allowing Jesus Christ, Your only begotten son, to die for us. Take away my doubts and fill my mind with YOUR love and passion. Cause me to stand strong in faith at all times, in Jesus name.”


3. LORD, I come unto You according to Your WORD in Matthew 11:28. I am in labor and carrying heavy burdens. Give rest to my spirit, soul, and body from today. Holy Spirit, teach me to enter into God’s rest henceforth, in Jesus name.


4. I pray today, LORD, empower me by Your Spirit to keep standing in faith, to keep pressing in prayers and praise, and to keep my confessions alive, in Jesus name.


5. Holy Spirit, help me to remain on my watch and to understand what You are saying to me. May I hear You clearly from this day forward, and follow Your leading for my life at all times, in Jesus name.


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7 Comments
  1. Reply
    Lameisha Deckard April 12, 2019 at 7:40 am

    PRAISE BE UNTO GOD THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU FOR THE BOOKS THAT THE HOLYSPIRIT OF GOD HAS USED YOU TO WRITE AMEN. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME LAMEISHA DECKARD.

  2. Reply
    Alden Robins April 12, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Thank you pastor for your reflection on when your faith goes through trials. It was truly a blessing.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  3. Reply
    Tundra martin April 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

    The word has power and when all you have done is finished let go and let God his will be done all will work out. I will bless the Lord at all times God is able Faith growing stronger!

  4. Reply
    Marko Hyytiäinen April 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Amen just what i need jesus is never late glory to the living holy jesus christ amen sending Jesus blessning to you and your family Daniel

  5. Reply
    Ernestine l Boyd April 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    What time I’m afraid,I will trust inThee. (Psalm58:3)To God be the Glory He has done great things,

  6. Reply
    Belinda Pfister April 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you Pastor for the uplifting in times of trials and thank you also for giving us the opportunity to own a copy of your powerful book .
    Yes indeed all prayers are answered. Praise the Lord👑🏆🔥

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    joyce kabura April 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you pastor,infact am in the line of trials.as per this period i felt i can not face another day BUT now am encouraged to its my FAITH which is being tried and take it positive.may God bless you as you encourage many not to give up

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