“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. People of faith know that prayers are answered and that what we can achieve is beyond our wildest dreams when we place our success in God’s hands. So why don’t more of us rely on our faith when facing change?
Martin Luther King said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Faith gives us something we cannot find anywhere else. It gives us peace. Peace is the one thing that we need most when we are anxiety ridden over changes in our lives that are out of our control. Peace is what we all hope to achieve. It is what we long for, what we need to move forward. We need to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that regardless of the outcome of a situation, all will be all right, we will survive and even thrive.
In my own life, faith has played a major role in moving forward as an entrepreneur. It would have been easier to stay in a job that was unfulfilling to maintain my income and to not risk failure. But I felt a strong call to move into a field that truly uses all of my God given talents to help others. Without faith I would have thrown in the towel at the first adverse event that crossed my path. But with faith I was undeniably stronger in my belief that I could and would succeed.
I knew that there was a higher power at work for me and within me. It was through prayer that I was able to weather the storms that came my way and continue to come my way today.
Success for me was inherently linked to my faith. I prayed for my business to succeed, I prayed for the people I worked with, I prayed for my clients, I prayed for my family. I gave the outcome over to God and became detached from the end result. I knew that whatever happened next would be best for me. I would either gain a successful business, get an education along the way or I would find a different job that fit me better than where I was. I found prayer to be the precursor to all that I did and the more I prayed, the stronger my faith became. The more I prayed more success I found. People I needed came into my life when I needed them, answers to my questions appeared, and my client list grew. I had very little professional experience in the field I entered yet my projects were successful and I had happy clients. I could not have done this on my own. Increasing in my faith required prayer. Prayer led to success in my life while allowing me to be joyous and peaceful at a time that should have been very stressful.
Prayer is a conversation with the Creator of the universe so we not only empty ourselves of the pain, anxiety and angst that often accompany great change in our lives. We receive grace and knowledge that help us move forward and blessings that enable us to get through the difficult times.
It is easy to think, prayer does not work, it cannot work. We are creatures with five senses and we encounter the world through those senses. But we also have a soul, that longs for something more. Sometimes dramatic change is the very thing that pushes us to the limit of what we can handle. Turning to faith and prayer are always there for us at these times.
All we have to do is simply give it try. Talk to God like you are talking to a good friend. Do not think you have to be perfect at prayer – God knows your heart. Pray for what you need and let go of the outcome. Be honest, do the right things, ask for help when you need it, and your faith will take you to places you cannot imagine in your wildest dreams.