Faith is a principle that is hard to define. But when we understand what it is and what it does, we can better trust in God’s plan for us.
It’s hard to wait for anything as millennials. We are so used to instant gratification that when we have to wait for something—like the answer to a faithful prayer—it can often be difficult.
In his talk “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf defines faith and discusses its abilities and limitations. Quoting a verse in the New International Version of the Bible, President Uchtdorf notes that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (see Hebrews 11:1 in the King James Version).
By this, he is encouraging us to learn how to listen to the Spirit with our hearts, not with our minds. Often, this requires us to “keep knocking” as we continue to ask in faith for the knowledge and strength we need.
President Uchtdorf stresses that, while praying with faith can accomplish wonderful miracles, there are two things that faith alone can’t do:
- It can’t force anyone else to do what you want them to.
- It can’t force God to bend his will to yours.
It can be daunting to try to have faith when we realize that we can’t always get what we want by ceaselessly petitioning God. What we can do, however, is trust in his plan for us and learn to submit our will to his. President Uchtdorf says that the purpose of faith is “not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will.”
We ultimately have to learn to keep knocking on the door to God’s blessings. It might take a long time, but if we continue to endure, we will be able to develop faith and learn that God is waiting to bless us as we diligently seek him.
—Michela Fleshman, Mormon Insights
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Find more insights
Check out the Mormon Insights article “Single and Still Faithful” by Maryssa Dennis to discover how to maintain an eternal perspective when marriage doesn’t happen.
Read the Mormon Insights article “Faith to Not Be Healed” by Collin Mathias to learn more about how faith isn’t found in receiving desired blessings but in accepting the will of the Lord.
Watch Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s Mormon Message “Good Things to Come” to discover how faith can help us persevere through discouragement.