Dear God, please take away my faith.

A Very Christian Prayer:

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Dear God, please take away my faith.
I realize that with faith it is impossible to please you.
God, please help me to see that my faith is my biggest obstacle to salvation.
I know that faith is one of my worst sins.
I know that my faith is causing me to be a more selfish, less loving person every day I continue in it.
Please forgive me God for having so much faith.
Finally, without faith, I can pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Right now you are probably (hopefully) thinking…
“Are you a heretic?”
Actually no.
“So you are just saying all that for a shock factor right?”
Yes.
“Ok, so you are going to take back everything you said right?”
Absolutely not. I believe that this a prayer we all need to pray, and regularly.
You might be catching on to my point… but maybe not, so here is a little hint, I will add one more line to my prayer…

Dear God, please take away my faith.
I realize that with faith it is impossible to please you.
God, please help me to see that my faith is my biggest obstacle to salvation.
I know that faith is one of my worst sins.
I know that my faith is causing me to be a more selfish, less loving person every day I continue in it.
Please forgive me God for having so much faith.
Take away my faith and replace it with faith.
Finally, without anymore faith, I can pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

“Ok so now your just crazy right?”
Nope.
“Your either a liar, or a lunatic, because this can’t be from God.”

I am doing this to prove a very important point… we can’t talk about faith in and of itself, because that actually means absolutely nothing. Before I give it away here is one more example to prove the point that it is fruitless to talk about “faith”:

The same doctor gave this advice to two different people, and to both it was exactly correct, and exactly what they needed.

Advice to Person 1: You need to stop eating. If you continue to eat you will be very unhealthy. If you eat you might even die.
Advice to Person 2: You need to start eating. If you refuse to eat you will be very unhealthy. If you don’t eat you might even die.

Remember that both sets of advice are correct, but they are to different people.

I could go on, but at this point we need to stop for a second and ask this question. “Eating what?”

This is the heart of the point I am trying to make… the context of the word eat and eating is absolutely everything. If we don’t know what we are eating, then it is just madness. Let me fill in the blanks for you:

Advice to Person 1: You need to stop eating so much chocolate. If you continue to eat so much chocolate you will be very unhealthy. If you eat so much chocolate you might even die.
Advice to Person 2: You need to start eating fruits and vegetables. If you refuse to eat fruits and vegetables you will be very unhealthy. If you don’t eat fruits and vegetables you might even die.

See how the advice doesn’t make any sense without the context of the word “eat”? What we are eating or not eating is the important thing, not the verb “to eat”.

Now back to faith. I am about to propose that we shouldn’t talk about faith. (Ok, now you might be able to rightfully start calling me a heretic… but hear me out). Here is the prayer a few more times:

Dear God, please take away my faith in money.
I realize that with faith in money it is impossible to please you.
God, please help me to see that my faith in money is my biggest obstacle to salvation.
I know that faith in money is one of my worst sins.
I know that my faith in money is causing me to be a more selfish, less loving person every day I continue in it.
Please forgive me God for having so much faith in money.
Take away my faith in money and replace it with faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Finally, without anymore faith in money, I can pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

For my Jehovah’s Witness friends…

Dear God, please take away my faith in my own good works.
I realize that with faith in my own good works it is impossible to please you.
God, please help me to see that my faith in my own good works is my biggest obstacle to salvation.
I know that faith in my own good works is one of my worst sins.
I know that my faith in my own good works is causing me to be a more selfish, less loving person every day I continue in it.
Please forgive me God for having so much faith in my own good works.
Take away my faith in my own good works and replace it with faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Finally, without anymore faith in my own good works, I can pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Ok one last time because I just can’t resist…

Dear God, please take away my faith in the nation of Canada.
I realize that with faith in the nation of Canada it is impossible to please you.
God, please help me to see that my faith in the nation of Canada is my biggest obstacle to salvation.
I know that faith in the nation of Canada is one of my worst sins.
I know that my faith in the nation of Canada is causing me to be a more selfish, less loving person every day I continue in it.
Please forgive me God for having so much faith in the nation of Canada.
Take away my faith in the nation of Canada and replace it with faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Finally, without anymore faith in the nation of Canada, I can pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

I need to stop because I am sure by now we get the picture. I would like to propose that the most important discussion about faith, is what we put our faith in, and what not we put our faith in. If we aren’t placing it in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to give us identity, purpose, confidence and salvation, then by definition we are putting our faith in something else to give us our identity, purpose, confidence and salvation. That’s it… that’s what the Bible means every time it says it says “faith” in the new testament. So as a church, let’s stop talking about faith, and start spending more time focusing on the true object of our faith which is Jesus Christ and his life-altering work, and start asking God to give us less faith in everything else. But be careful.. this is a scary prayer to have answered.

How do you think he will cause you to doubt your faith in money?
How do you think he will cause you to doubt your own good works?
How do you think he will cause you to doubt the nation of Canada?
How do you think he will cause you to doubt your misplaced faith in __________?

Now I am probably taking this too far, but it is to make a point… every time that the new Testament talks about faith, my theory is that the new testament writers were talking about faith in Christ Jesus. When they were referring to the old testament, they were talking about a more general, might I be so bold as to say, a more foggy, faith in God, as they didn’t yet have as full a revelation of just how powerful the love of God was going to be revealed in his incarnation. How much greater can our faith be, now that we have seen the fullness of the love of God in Christ Jesus!

I apologize for being slightly negative in this post, as I really want to talk about Faith in a positive light. But I know that God is using this argument to speak to my heart… not to have more or less faith, I have plenty of faith in my heart already. The question and challenge the Holy Spirit is impressing on me is this…

“I have given you an abundance of faith… in what will choose to place that faith in?”

I am going to stop here and leave the next part of my rant for another post, which has to do with what I feel is a misconception of making “faith” a virtue… but again more on that later.

I am going  to finish this post with some “faith in” scriptures.

Here is a quick summary: Of the 30 “faith in” scriptures found in the NIV (thanks BlueLetterBible) here is the breakdown of what we are to put our faith in:

Faith in Jesus: 24
Faith in God: 4
Faith in His Blood: 1
Faith in the Power of God: 1

Mar 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
Jhn 2:11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Jhn 7:31 Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?”
Jhn 8:30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
Jhn 11:45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Jhn 12:11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.
Jhn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Act 3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
Act 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Act 24:24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
Act 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Act 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
Rom 3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–
Rom 3:26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Gal 2:16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Gal 3:22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Gal 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
Eph 1:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
Eph 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Phl 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
Col 1:4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints–
Col 2:5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
1Th 1:8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia–your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
1Ti 3:13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Phm 1:5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
Hbr 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,

One other thought that I just can’t resist… if Jesus said to have faith in God, and the whole New Testament talks about a glorious faith in Jesus, who does that make Jesus?

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5 thoughts on “Dear God, please take away my faith.

  1. Fabulous! It’s all about JESUS. He is the Alpha and Omega.
    We should sometime walk slowly and closely through these Scriptures and really explore their meaning ….. and subsequent repercussions.
    Pat

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