Thank you for joining me this week as we continue our series on Prayer. Last week I shared with you the first of four essential prayers; the prayer of repentance. It is impossible to have meaningful prayer with Jesus Christ if we have not first repented of our our sins, and asked Him to be Lord of our life.
That brings me to the second type of prayer that every prayer should be founded on. As believers, it is tested each day, attacked and bombarded with flaming darts from the enemy. It is part of the title from this series. It is….drum roll please.
Praying In Faith
Faith. I know we hear about faith all the time but do we consistently exercise faith in our prayers? Faith means to believe and trust. Does this exist EVERY time we pray? When we pray, belief and trust in our Lord and Savior is a necessity for effective prayer.
Prayer reveals exactly where our level of faith in Christ is. It’s like a mirror to our soul. If we have truly prayed in faith believing; there should be no worrying, anxiety, or fretting about what is next. We have left things in the hands of Almighty God. Can you think of anyone better to put your trust in?
For years I had always considered myself a problem solver. I felt I could always find a way to figure things out or “make it happen.” It took me being flat on my back,lying in a hospital bed, and unable to sit up on my own to take the “me” out of the equation and pray humbly in faith to God.
James 1:6. Ask in FAITH without ANY doubting.
That really sums it up right there! I never had any doubt that I would walk again or be able to drive a car. Yes there were times of struggle, frustration, and even fear. In fact there were several doctors that asked if I needed “something” to help me cope with suffering from a stroke. My answer to them was; “God allowed this to happen for a reason and I needed to TRUST Him.”
You may say like I’ve said to myself at times, I’m not sure just how strong my faith is when I pray. Remember your faith is a “gift from God.” (Eph. 2:8-9) As God brings you through trials and difficulties, your faith increases. Remember those triumphs when you pray. If you desire an effective prayer life, BELIEVE and TRUST God completely when you pray.
Matthew 21:21-22. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Truly I say unto you, if you have FAITH and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’, it will happen. And all things ask in prayer believing you will receive.”
My friends those are Jesus’ words! Not some opinion or a fable from years gone by. So let me ask you this; What is the mountain that you are facing today? Have you turned it completely over to God trusting Him and not yourself or someone else?
It is my prayer that you will look deep within the corners of your soul and ask yourself; I am truly praying in faith? You have God’s promise right there in Matthew 21. He wants you to pray trusting in Him and only Him. Use the faith that He has blessed you with when you go to Him in prayer. He will show Himself to you when you come to Him in faith.
I look forward to you joining me next week as I take a look at what God says about our Prayer Requests! What kind of requests should we be making? What requests does God hear? These are just some of the questions I will tackle next week! God bless.