have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance
through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:1-2
A baby kitten gently held gently by a child – precious. A newborn baby cradled by the parents for the first time – precious. The kindness of a friend when facing difficult times – precious. Facing persecution or possibly the threat of death for our faith – precious?
Persecution and dying for our faith is likely not high on our priority list of life’s adventures. We understand God’s righteousness and adore His grace and peace. But how can we be assured that the knowledge of God and the love of Jesus are enough if we are challenged to say, “I will profess Christ’s cross and resurrection even if you slay me”?
If unsure of whether we can stand firmly for our faith, we can pray for the faith to do so. Just as Jesus prayed for “another way” in the Garden of Gethsemane and yet moved forward anyway, we can pray for His enabling faith in us to do the same. Through Him, we can receive the strength to claim our faith as precious enough to die for.
Prayer: Dear Father, help me remember that faith is a gift and give me the courage to profess it when needed. In Jesus’ name and for His sake I ask it. Amen.