Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith: Part 2
Recently, I woke up with feelings of fear and failure. Unfortunately, being barraged by waves of worry isn’t an unusual occurrence for me. But before I explain what happened next, I’d like to introduce the theme of today’s post.
In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the acronym F.A.I.T.H. I explained that “F for forgive” is the first step in warding off discouragement. It’s also one of the five ways to fan the flames of faith. Today, I’d like to introduce the second letter:
A for Ask
I do a lot of asking throughout the day. If I see a parent in a grocery store struggling with a rambunctious toddler, I secretly pray for peace, grace, and love to embrace them because I’ve been that poor mama in the candy aisle.
If I hear an emergency vehicle siren, I pray for the safety of all involved because I know how scary it is to witness a loved one in need of medical intervention.
It gives me peace to do my part—to pray.
This same attitude of prayer is wise to apply to ourselves when we’re facing dangers to our body, soul, or mind. Rather than fanning the flames of fear, we need to ask God to help us to do what needs to be done–or to know what should be left undone–when we feel discouraged. God is able to grant us peace for the trials we’re wading through.
Asking is part of praying.
Praying pays off—worry wastes time.
So let’s return to the morning scene when I woke up to face to face with fear.
I knew what to do next; I got up and prepared myself for my morning quiet time. When I opened my Bible to where I’d left off from the day before, I found Psalm 29:11 waiting to hug my heart:
The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Asking God for power, peace, and promises to stand on is one of the ways to fan the flames of faith. He’s a good God who delights to deliver blessings into believing hearts.
In Psalm 37:40 we’re reminded He helps those who seek refuge in Him—who hide in Him.
We need to ask for His help rather than hold onto the flimsy hand of habits or distractions that only hinder us. Busyness happens to be my most tempting false god to grab onto.
And like all other idols, it never saves or satisfies.
It sinks me deeper into the dank well of worry.
I suspect any of my reluctance to seek His help stems from a fear He’ll ask me to do something I don’t want to do. Even if He does, I can ask for His help to agree with Him; I can ask for His help to obey Him.
Joy will come.
Joy is His hallmark signature
I’m supposed to follow through with a good work.
If I feel nothing but gloom about an idea, it may mean I’m not ready and it’s not time yet. But I still need to be willing to consider it if He is prompting me to.
Asking God for help is the blessed-best thing we can do because John 15:5 says we can’t do anything of eternal value without Him.
Our solo deeds are like dime-store junk
compared to the marvelous works He’s planned for us to perform.
Asking and receiving from God glorifies Him. It’s not our glory we should be asking for—only His.
So when I wake up feeling like a failure, I need to continue asking Jesus—the One who has already succeeded in overcoming the world—for His help.
It hurts to go solo; it doesn’t hurt to ask for God’s power and provision.
Our True Shelter:
Trials serve as reminders
We must find our refuge in You
Because there is no shelter
In anything else we do.
Asking for Help Blessings ~ Wendy
What’s your favorite asking-for-help quote or verse?
By the way, I hope you’ve got a few seconds to read my short post on HeartWingsblog.com about my favorite gospel music. See if you can guess what these songs have in common. Here’s the link: