So if your not familiar with the book catch 22, its about a guy named Yossarian,who is a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. He is stationed in Italy during WWII. Now there is a thing among the troops there called catch 22. It basically means you have to be crazy to get out of the army but if you want out of the army then your not crazy. Its like a lose lose situation.
Now when anyone stats to learn about the gospel and Christs teaching there are 2 things they most likely will here the most about. Faith and Hope. when you first start looking into them you find out that to get one you need the other, or to have one you need the other. For a log time this seemed to me like a catch 22. you need to pray and read scriptures to get more hope in Gods promises. but at the same time those things take faith that they will work. So my dilemma was that you need faith to get hope but hope allows you to have faith.
So I started looking into this more and I discovered that you can't just get faith so you can hope and you can't hope you have faith. You have to develop them both at the same time.
The only way to developing them is actually doing something. You have to just try it and see the results. If you want something more in your life you just have to try out the things God has asked us to do and then you will.
If someone asks you to pray and you don't think it will help because you don't think you have any faith and your hope isn't really centered on Christ, what do you have to lose by trying it. Your faith will either grow or it wont.
The Lord tells us that we are to Prove him. Test out his commandments and see if they don't work.
Faith and hope are to amazing gifts that we need to be happy in this life. If someone offered you something to solve all your problems dont you think you would at least look into it.
I promise you that with god there is now lose lose situations. if we just try it we will always find win wins.
This video is a great on on hope and what it can actually do in our lives. Please watch it and then go out and try it out in your life.