How to Pray in Faith

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But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-7 

We need not exert ourselves and try to force ourselves to believe, or try to chase doubt out of our hearts. Both are just as useless. It begins to dawn on us that we can bring everything to Jesus, no matter how difficult it is; and we need not be frightened away by our doubts or our weak faith, but only tell Jesus how weak our faith is. We have let Jesus into our hearts. And He will fulfill our hearts’ desires. ___ O.Hallesby

When we know that God wants our communication it encourages us to pray. But there is an element to prayer that God needs from us before our prayers can be answered and thats our faith. When we come to God asking for something believing in Him that he can accomplish it having total faith in Him it pleases him.  The word of God in John 14 also says that has seen Jesus has seen the God because they are one. And what ever we ask in his name he will do so the father may be glorified in the son.

Paul writes in { Ephesians 3:12 } In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 

{ John 14:14 } You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

As we do come in Jesus’ name, it is the same as though Jesus prayed. It is the same as though___let me be saying it very softly so it may seem very reverent __ as though Jesus put His arm in yours and took you up to the Father, and said, ” Father, Here is a friend of mine; we’re on good terms. Please give him anything he asks, for my sake.” And the Father would quickly bend over and graciously say, ” What’ll you have? You may have anything you ask when My Son asks for it.” __S.D. Gordon

Constant faith in God’s ways of answering prayers is essential.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. { James 1: 5-8 }

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. { 1 John: 13-15 }

Believing what God says in His Word is faith. Faith is certainly a critical element of prayer. When you pray to God you have to lay it all down on his hands and forget about it, let him handle it from there, have the faith he is taking care of it for you. Don’t try to help God, Help you. Believe, have the faith he will do the best for his child. His coming to this world, dying on a cross to save you was not for nothing.

Suppose one of your friend or relative called you and asked you to come over and care for something that was very dare to them, but said, ” There will be a friend of ours here to be with you because I’m afraid you might take something.” What would you think? How would you respond? I believe in a way this is how God is trying to communicate when He says that we must have faith.

A Prayer for faith – David’s Prayer 

” I love you, O Lord, my strength.” The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon you Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. { Psalm 18: 1-3 }

May we have enough faith to be able to rest in peace and lay all our worries in God’s hands.

Material from the daily devotion book – Bible Study – and The Bible

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