Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 25, 2014

January 25, 2014 “Fueling The Fire of Faith”

“Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:32)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

My days as a student at Grove City College were such a blessing to me spiritually. It was there that I first sensed God’s call on my heart to become a pastor. It was in fellowship and prayer with a group of Christians that grew from a handful meeting regularly to a fellowship that weekly drew over 300 students to prayer and praise that my faith, which began as a spark soon developed into a blazing passion for God. The nearer you draw to God, the more the fire grows, and, like the old song says, “I want to pass it on.”  Campers know very well that in order to keep a fire burning brightly and warmly, three elements are needed…air, heat, and fuel.  In order to keep a spiritual fire burning, the air is connection with the Holy Spirit, the heat is supplied by our passion for God, and the fuel to keep the fire burning is prayer. All three are required to keep the fire burning brightly that we might be ablaze spiritually. Reformer Martin Luther once said,

“If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.” 

If you do not fuel the fire of faith with daily prayer, the once blazing fire will begin to diminish in much the same way an unfueled campfire will die without replenishment. Satan will do his worst to distract us from fueling the fire. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you can keep it burning simply by will power. As you fuel the spiritual fire within with prayer, the Holy Spirit will fan the flames, and your passion will grow. On the Emmaus road, the evening of Christ’s resurrection, two of his disciples whose spiritual flames were but dying embers, encountered Christ. He fanned those flames by revealing himself to them through the Word. He fellowshiped with them and prayed with them, and after he had disappeared from their sight, they looked at each other, ablaze with renewed faith and said “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”  Don’t let the fire of your faith dwindle by neglecting to add fuel to the flame through daily prayer. Let’s pray!

O Lord; You are like a refiner’s fire! Set our hearts ablaze with renewed faith that we may burn brightly as witnesses to your goodness and grace and spread that warmth to all we encounter. You are the air we breathe. You are the source of our spiritual passion. Shine in us, O Lord, we pray, in Jesus Holy Name! Amen!


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