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Q:

I have a lot of problems, and my friend says that, if I just have enough faith, God will take them away. Is she right? If so I guess I'll always have them, because my faith isn't very strong.


A:

No doubt your friend is sincere and wants to help you, but God hasn’t promised to take away all our problems if we just have enough faith. Sometimes God does intervene and take them away in response to our prayers of faith, but not always. Instead, sometimes He gives us the courage and strength to carry on in the midst of our problems.

No one had a stronger faith than the Apostle Paul, and yet, in spite of his faith and his prayers, God chose not to take away a particular problem that oppressed him (an unnamed illness). Instead, in the midst of his weakness, Paul experienced a new measure of God’s power and love. He said, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

Don’t misunderstand me; no matter what problems we face, we should turn to God and seek His help. After all, isn’t it better to face our problems with God than without Him? Remember Jesus’ words: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Most of all, don’t be satisfied with a weak faith. Begin by making sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and then grow in your faith by making the Bible and prayer and fellowship with other believers part of your daily life. God loves you, and He wants you to learn to walk with Him every day.

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36 Comments

  1. Juanita says:

    Stay Prayerful

  2. Nancy says:

    When one really thinks about what Jesus did for us on the Cross…the physical pain from the beating alone would have killed me for sure, but I can't imagine what taking on all of the worlds sin must of felt like! A Love like no other!

  3. Barbara says:

    My family is in a financial mess. If something does not break, we will lose out home and our cars. We are in desperate need of prayer.

  4. Cathy says:

    Jesus said, In this world we will have trouble but that He has overcome the world( and therefore our troubles). He did not promise no mountains in life but promised to bear our burdens with us.

  5. Carol says:

    I can face anything this world throws my way because of the promise of Jesus, “lo” I AM with you always even until the end. Praise you Lord for your faithfulness and you continued mercy in the lives of all who love you and trust in your holy name.

  6. Beverly says:

    Our time in this world is fleeting as we move through it on our way home to be with Jesus and his unending love. I think existing in this life is based on how much you love, first – our Lord Jesus, and of course others, and then ourselves.

  7. Mary Ellen says:

    I have been an admirer of Billy Graham for many years, I am also a Catholic! I love Jesus, Blessed Mary and God, I am praying now for our country, which I love dearly and I don't want it to turn socialistic! Please pray with me for our country!!

  8. DOROTHY says:

    Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be …..

  9. Lydia says:

    No matter how much I read the Bible and pray God seems to ignore me. My problems are never solved, in fact they are multiplied. What am I doing wrong?

  10. mrs james says:

    jesus christ is god he put hiself in to human fless,my church believe this way and i was raised this way mostly.