20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit … (Jude).
What makes anything “holy” is that it is “set apart” from the common and the mundane. It is set on a pedestal to be honored and cherished. Such is our “most holy faith”—it is set apart from all other faiths. It is not even simply holy—it is “most” holy. There is absolutely nothing else like it.
It is “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (verse 3). It is the exclusive, one-and-only faith and gospel that has been given to us. It is not a faith that is ours in the sense that we conjured it up—no, it is a faith that we have been given and embraced as our own. It is ours because we have received it, not because we have achieved it.
We entered this faith with prayer, as we confessed our sinfulness and asked God to forgive us—and we continue to “build … up” ourselves in this faith in the same way, by “praying in the Holy Spirit.” Thus, those who are strongest in their faith, are most steadfast in their prayers.
Lord, help us This Day to be strong in our faith by being steadfast in our prayers. Amen.