With teenage athletes in our house consistently heading to or coming from their next practice, our refrigerator is constantly under siege with hungry appetites looking for something to eat. Its a constant battle to keep them fed and fueled up for the active life they live.
I have heard someone say of a person with a strong faith, "Well, they just have the gift of faith." All who have received Christ Jesus have done so through faith, and therefore, faith is a gift to all who believe. The question is, how are we growing our faith. Are we actively looking to feed our faith, much like a teenage boy looks for food, with an insatiable appetite? Are we consistently looking at situations in our lives as ways God can build up our faith, like a hungry athlete constantly looking to refuel their bodies in order to preform at their peak?
Later in the letter Jude said, "Build yourself up in your most holy faith." We are to contend (battle) for our faith every day, sometimes moment by moment. We can only do this when we cannot see the outcome of a situation, but believe that in Christ Jesus we are more than conquerors. We believe the truth of God's word over facts given, and over what we can physically see before us. This takes much practice. It takes a battle-ready mindset to choose to believe what we hope for, but cannot yet see. Faith takes practice. It's worth battling for because, when we have faith, the Lord accounts it towards us as righteousness.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength. Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have. Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources. Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.