Speaking to the Soul – January 13

A short reading and prayer for today

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.Romans 4:20 NLT

Paul is absolutely clear that faith is all important for those who want to be put right with God and he uses Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, as the supreme example. He trusted God completely even when life was tough and there was little encouragement. It all began with God calling him to leave his home together with his family and set off on a journey into the unknown. When God promised Abraham, as an old man, that he and his aged wife would have a son, he trusted God even though all the evidence pointed in the opposite direction. I love verse 18 of this same chapter which reads, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations.” That’s faith! – total confidence in God.

Now let’s bring this up to date. Let’s talk about today, because God is calling you and me to be people of faith amidst the very different challenges of the 21st Century. God calls us to place our whole trust in him. On this journey it is good for us to be inspired by those who have gone before us. The Bible and Church History are full of inspiring examples. But it’s also important to hear recent stories of faith as well and Premier goes to huge lengths to bring them to you. On the radio stations and in the publications we constantly seek to bring you stories of faith which will encourage and strengthen you. Very often they are stories of people who have faced massive challenges and difficulties and who have found their faith sustain them through it all.

Abraham wasn’t perfect and neither are you or I. God isn’t looking for perfect people but for those who will commit themselves to him and trust him.


How would you describe the life of faith to someone who has just started out as a Christian?


Lord God our Father I place my life in your hands. Help me to trust you with every aspect of my life. Amen

Photo – Mussenden Temple, Downhill, Castlerock