11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites.
12 And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith.
We know that to have faith is to hope for things which we can’t see (Ether 12:6), and that faith is not a perfect knowledge (Alma 32:21, 26). But we also know that, when we exercise faith and receive blessings from the Lord, our faith in Him is strengthened (Alma 32:28-30).
Enos had a great desire to receive a remission of his sins and to experience “the joy of the saints” which his father had described. His soul hungered for this experience, and he prayed and wrestled before God all day and into the night (Enos 1:2-4). Finally, he heard a voice telling him that his sins were forgiven, and he simultaneously felt that his guilt was swept away (Enos 1:5-6).
Immediately, he began to pray for his people, the Nephites. Once again, this was not an easy prayer: he described it as “struggling in the spirit.” After some time, he heard a voice promising him that his people would be blessed as long as they were righteous (Enos 1:9-10).
At this point, after twice exercising faith and receiving an answer, Enos tells us that his “faith began to be unshaken.” He prayed with “many long strugglings” on behalf of his enemies, the Lamanites, and he received an answer to this prayer as well (Enos 1:11-16).
Today, I will remember that my faith becomes stronger as I exercise it. I will work hard as I pray, and I will strive to recognize the answers and blessings that the Lord sends in response to my faith. I will remember that the practice of exercising faith regularly will strengthen me spiritually and will empower me to exercise more faith in the future.