I am not into marathons but I have been challenged before to participate in a city wide marathon. I clearly told my friend I was in no shape to participate in such an exercise. They then went on to tell me how this was a challenge and how I should take it up. The approach was that I would set the mark of the marathon as the prize, then begin to work my way up in terms of fitness and running distance. Starting with a few miles, I would begin to work my way up until I was able to run the 20mile marathon.
I believe this is the same way we can challenge our faith. Starting where we are, we can set a goal for our faith. It may be spiritual, financial, family or prayer. This goal is where we are going as we start this journey of faith. We then prayerfully make incremental progress as God leads us until we get to the desired levels. Don’t just accept whatever life throws your way. Challenge your faith to grow and do great things for God today.
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 18:1-8 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
DEVOTION PRAYER: Dear God, today I challenge my faith to grow and do great things for You, amen.