Years ago, while organizing our annual camp meetings (A 5days, almost-free camping) as a ministry, we would always trust God to meet our needs. One day, one of my team members said; “I wish someone would just give us a million naira, all these praying and believing God would not be necessary.” I responded; “I appreciate your concern but I think I like this faith adventure, it is helping my growth.”

Friend, one sign of spiritual health is constancy of faith in the living God. No wonder the writer of Hebrews said; “…he who comes to God must believe…” (Hebrews 11:6). There is that believing that validates your walk with God and shows how much you are growing and how healthy you are.

When you come to a point that you have nothing new you are believing God for, it is a sign of spiritual sickness. Since the Just shall live by faith, we can infer that when faith is absent, the Just is sick or dead (Habakkuk 2:4). The beauty and blessing of believing God for stuff is not as much about the stuff itself but the spiritual fruits it produces in you (James 1:3-4).

You will never come to a point in your life that prayers will no longer be necessary. Be careful of the teaching that says that God has given us a brain so that we can give Him rest. This is not true (Isaiah 62:6-7, Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 18:6-8). God has given us a brain so that we can maximize our relationship with Him and not to jettison it.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). You need to pray about everything including the things you have money for. Not too many people can handle financial prosperity without it affecting their walk with the Lord. We are not praying because we lack stuff, we are praying because we need God (Philippians 3:10).

When you can longer believe God for stuff but resort to your human effort and strategy, you are not healthy spiritually (Proverbs 3:5-6). As you walk with the Lord, your prayer points may change, your needs may change but your faith in Him must remain steadfast. If you no longer have a faith project or a prayer point, it could be a sign of spiritual sickness (Jeremiah 33:3, Habakkuk 2:1-4).

©’Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria