Get answers to prayer Part 2

03.365 (02.08.2009) Faith

Part 1

Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the faith that is required for powerful prayer.

Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said “these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer” in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,” and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels.  The big challenge is to not get mad at God if he doesn’t answer your prayer as soon as you think he should. read more

Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 4:40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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  1. I am not so confident that the suggested time frame is correct, but we believers certainly need to build our believing in God’s ability to empower us to do the things He has told us we can do in His Word. The process outlined in these first two posts about prayer is very constructive and effective if put into action. There is also a way identified in I Co 14 : 4 that edifies you, that is it builds you up, it makes you spiritually stronger. And getting spiritually stronger is what allows you to believe to pray effectually Jm 5:16, for without recognizing that God makes you righteous, it is not your actions that get you born again or to the point you are righteous, you will not eliminate the doubts that hinder your prayers from being effective. The business world calls it mindset, God calls it faith or believing. Some call it strength of your convictions, but it is not so much a matter of time but taking action based on the belief that what God promises He is able to perform. Selah.

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