The Truth about Growing in Faith
We need GROWTH as Christians. Growing in faith is vitally important. We can not stay the same. The acronym “G R O W Th” helps us remember what the Bible instructs us to do as children of God. This is not a complete list of what we are to do, but it is a good start. The most important thing we need to remember is that we are to LOVE God and LOVE others. We are best able to learn and practice loving others by doing so in a local, bible-believing church. When we love God and others, we fulfill all the requirements that God has for us. We grow in spiritual maturity.
Prayer is personal communication with God. This definition is very broad. What we call “prayer” includes prayers of request for ourselves or for others (sometimes called prayers of petition or intercession), confession of sin, adoration, praise and thanksgiving, and also God communicating to us indications of His response.
God as our creator delights in being trusted by us as His creatures, for an attitude of dependence is appropriate in our Creator/creature relationship. Praying in humble dependence shows we are genuinely convinced of God’s wisdom, love, goodness, and power – indeed all of the attributes that make up His excellent character.
Praising God in the morning should be just as natural to us as it is for a happily married person to tell their spouse that they love them. It should be just as natural for us to greet God and say good morning as it is to greet our coworkers and friends. When we love God there will be a natural outpouring of our love in the form of praise.
In most instances, we have a fairly good idea of what may be facing us in our upcoming day. Ultimately we know that the plans of the day rest in the hands of God. Therefore, we need to ask God to give us wisdom to go through the experience that He has in store for us.
If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing. Phillips Brooks (1835–1893)