By Kristine Brown, Crosswalk.com
A Prayer for Contagious Faith
By Kristine Brown
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 NLT
I stood before a room full of high school biology students. I attempted to appear calm and confident, but I was a twisted-up ball of nerves inside. Still a college student myself, these kids were only a few years younger than me. I signed up to substitute teach to earn a few extra dollars and gain some on-the-job experience, and this was my first day. But as I looked at the topic of the day’s lesson, I second-guessed whether I should be there. Evolution. I knew right away such a hot topic could spark all kinds of debate— something I wanted to avoid today of all days. So, I took a deep breath and read the teacher’s directions aloud. Just as I suspected, one gutsy young lady stood and asked the big question, “Miss, are you a Christian?”
“Yes,” I responded, hoping the answer would satisfy her curiosity. I should’ve known better. Her next question sent my insides into full-blown panic.
She continued, “How do you believe in something you can’t see?”
Every possible scenario flooded my brain at that moment. What should I say? Will I get fired for talking about God? How can I answer such a big question in front of a room full of students? I stood dumbfounded for what felt like forever. Then to my surprise, another student across the room stood and turned toward her. “It’s called faith,” the young man stated simply. Then he sat down, picked up his pencil, and started to work.
I couldn’t help but smile and feel relieved. I allowed myself to get flustered over an uncomfortable situation, but this high school student showed incredible peace and assurance in those three short words. The ease he had in sharing about faith inspired me. It was contagious. That day will forever stay locked in my memory as the day I resolved to have faith like that. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
When God created man and woman, he initiated faith. When we share our faith, people take notice. There is no guarantee of the outcome. We won’t know if it will be well-received or if we will face consequences, but we do know this. Demonstrating our faith inspires others in how they live out their faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 teaches us this truth, “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” Sometimes having contagious faith means speaking with boldness. Other times it may mean listening, giving, or serving in love. Whatever way God calls us to show faith in him, we can know that God will draw people to Jesus as they witness our love. If you long to reignite your faith so that others will feel God’s unending love, today is the perfect day to ask him to light a spark. He will answer when we call upon him, believing with our whole hearts. Let’s pray together for contagious faith.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the truth of Hebrews 11:1 that encourages us to live by faith. Your Holy Word shows us what faith means. It is “the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Even though I may not see you, I know you are here with me— guiding, loving, and caring for me.
Lord, even when I don’t feel it, I know without a doubt you are working in my life. I believe in your son Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross so I can have the promise of eternal life in heaven. I have faith I will see Jesus face-to-face one day. When I live with that kind of faith, I have confidence that cannot be shaken. Help me live with the assurance of your presence, regardless of my circumstances. Help me show faith to others by shining the light of Jesus on everyone around me. I pray my faith will be contagious. Let what people see in me inspire them to live for you. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray, Amen.
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