Faith . . . gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
As you make your way through God's Word, it doesn't take long before you start to notice a trend-God is very interested in producing faith in His people. By faith, we're referring to the description given above: Faith is what enables us to be certain about the things that we can't see.
This goes against human nature, which is sensory-driven. Human nature defines reality based on the evidence that can be acquired through our sense of sight, sound, taste, touch, and hearing. God wants us to live on a higher level. He wants us to define reality based on who He is and what He has said. And it takes faith in order to do that. It takes trust in things that we can't see.
One of the most common objections to prayer is that you can't physically see whom you're talking to. "If I could just see God on His throne surrounded by a multitude of angels, then I'd pray for sure."
But again, God doesn't want us to be creatures that are limited to our senses. He wants us to be people of faith, and it's no coincidence that something as central to our spiritual well-being as prayer really requires us to trust in what we can't see. Prayer is God's way of keeping us on the faith-track.
But prayer doesn't just require faith, it also builds it. Whenever we experience spiritual realities in prayer, whether it's an answer to prayer or hearing God's still, small voice, it strengthens our confidence in those things. The fact that we can't see whom we're praying to speaks of God's love for us, because by not showing Himself to us, He's showing us how to walk and grow in faith.
How does the measure of faith affect the way in which you pray? Where does faith come from, according to Ephesians 2:8? Are you carrying a burden? How can you practice the principle in Galatians 6:2.