The prayer of faith.
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Prayer is a very important aspect of our lives as believers. Prayer is our warfare. It is a way that we stand in the power and authority given to us by the Holy Spirit to fight spiritual battles. One can also say, it is a way that we connect with our creator. Without consistent prayers, our spiritual connection with God becomes very weak and that can be very dangerous for us as believers. The devil longs for these moments. These are the times that he can easily attack believers.
These days, the demands of our "basic life needs" can put a lot of pressure on us to the extent that it is easy for us to skip our prayers with the excuse of being tired. Sometimes, we make excuses like "If I skip my prayers for only one day, it shouldn't be a problem." However, if care is not taken, skipping for just a day can extend to a week, and a week to one month and before we realize, we have completely drifted away from God and our spiritual life. As believers, we know what this implies.
We live in a time where the devil is seriously looking for the slightest chance to attack believers. These days, the devil comes in a very subtle way, before you know it, a lot of damage would have been done already. That's why the bible advises believers to be vigilant and watchful.
For our prayer lives to be successful, there has to be an element of faith. The bible explains faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This implies that as believers, when we put our requests before God, it shouldn't end there; but rather go ahead to believe that he is able to do what we've asked for. Mostly, it's our faith in God that moves him to answer our prayers.
When we show faith, we are expressing our trust in God and that touches him to move things in our favor. On the other hand, when we pray and doubt, it limits the amount of blessings God has for us. An attitude of faith pleases God.
There are a lot of reasons that causes many believers to doubt. Many of us sometimes feel like, we are not worthy enough for God to answer our prayers. On the contrary, the bible says in John 1:12 that; "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." This implies that, once we believe in God, we automatically become his children and that means, whatever we ask in his name, he will do it for us.
If we study the bible very well, there are a lot of prophets who prayed for miracles to happen. The truth is, they were all humans like us. The bible says in Hebrew 13:8 that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes." If God answered their prayers then, if we also ask anything in faith, he will do it for us as well.
Additionally, in James 5:17, it says; "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again, he prayed and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced it's crops." The truth is God answers the fervent prayers of his children. The bible puts it this way, "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." As believers, let us learn to pray bold prayers and trust God that He will answer them.
It is my prayer that we present our requests to God with all confidence, believing that He will answer them and give us our heart desires. AMEN!