Does prayer even work? Is it as powerful as Jesus said it is? Over 3 dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer. Click for verses about faith.
Some of the most successful people in the world said that faith is powerful, for example:
“If you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” ~Henry Ford
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W. Clement Stone
So Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you. He also said everything is possible for one who believes. If that is true, wouldn’t some people become fabulously wealthy from faith?
Well the answer to that question is –YES! Many of the people who became self-made millionaires said they used faith to become rich. Henry Ford, W. Clement Stone, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many, many more people said they used faith to become rich.
Many people who are rich use their money to glorify God. Many give millions of dollars to charity.
But what’s up with that? Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a strong Christian, he never was, right? So how does that work? Well, the Law of Faith is so powerful that people use it to achieve amazing things even when they are not strong Christians.
Olympic athletes are taught to visualize themselves winning the competition and getting a gold medal. That means they are exercising their faith. They may not call it Biblical faith. They may call it any number of things, but in reality, it is faith.
The main reason to pray is to draw close to God. If a person is praying only to get things for themselves, he is cheating himself.
After reading many books about prayer, and studying what Jesus said about prayer for several years, I have found some key things that bring about powerful prayer. I am amazed how many more of my prayers are answered now that I do things to strengthen my faith. It is like the difference between night and day.
I can’t write about all the keys to answered prayer here because it will take too long. But I will sum it up briefly like this:
F Find a verse in the Bible that gives a promise for what it is you are praying for. Example: if you are financially distressed, do a word search in www.BibleGateway.com for the word “prosper” or “prosperity.” Memorize one or more of them and say it out loud several times a day.
A Ask God for it, believing that he will give it to you.
I Imagine that you already have it. The more you picture it in your mind, or put up pictures of what you want, the more you visualize it, the stronger your faith will become. Faith is a key to answered prayer. In fact Jesus stressed faith more than any other thing.
T Thank God for it. This is very important. Don’t keep asking for it, keep thanking God that he is giving it to you. If you have faith, you believe God will give it to you.
H Hold on while you wait and be Happy. Just like the bamboo takes five years to grow a root system under the ground which you can’t see and then suddenly in the fifth year it grows four inches a day, God is preparing all the right people for your answer to prayer.
More about prayer in my book Amazing Power of Prayer. All profit from this book this month goes to spreading God’s love, faith and hope on the internet. This blog goes out to almost every country in the world.