Our part is to pray and believe. Watch unto prayer. Watch, and co-operate with the prayer-hearing God. Bear in mind that “we are labourers together with God.” 1 Cor. 3:9. Speak and act in harmony with your prayers. It will make an infinite difference with you whether trial shall prove your faith to be genuine, or show that your prayers are only a form. – Christ’s Object Lessons 146.2

Luke 7:50 – And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

I am catching a glimpse that faith is much broader and deeper than we normally think of.  Faith needs to be taken seriously.  Faith is the bridge that reaches across the chasm to where the greatest blessings are stored.  Faith is our response to what the word of God says.  If God says it must be so, will we push through in search for the actualization of the promise, or will we take the view that God must not really have meant what He said in our situation this time?

I think there is a false faith out there, one that looks like real faith.  It prays, claims the promises, but fails the test of adversity.  It encounters difficulty and says, “Oh, God must be closing that door.”  No, we must push through it.  God allows the difficulties to come so that we will pass the test and grow stronger.  A strong faith and character is more important to God than a pain-free life, or an easy one.  Having the genuine faith makes an infinite difference.

Oh God, please build my faith strong upon the promises of your word.  Let it be a lighthouse that can endure any storm.