Chapter 4 reminds us that Abraham, the great forefather of our faith (and Jewish history) was a good guy but verse 12 says, “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” Pray that God takes away our urge to do the right things simply because they are the right things, but rather give us a heart to really be better. To really follow Him with steadfastness, not because we know we are supposed too, but because God lives in us.
Where Paul beat us over the head in chapters 1 and 2, he brings some hope and assurance in chapters 3 and 4. Continuing about Abraham he says in 4:18-25, “In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told…He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised…It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
Praise God that Abraham set the example in the Old Testament for us to believe. Pray that we see God’s promises and cling to those promises. He gives us examples throughout the Bible of times when He made a promise and that promise was fulfilled. Of course, the ultimate example was the promise of a Messiah and His on Son dying for us to have belief in Him. Pray for a humble spirit in yourself (the one who strays) and a confidence that only God can provide to live a faithful life for His glory not yours.