Faith in Prayer
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.John 14:13
Faith in prayer implies that we know God hears our prayers, he answers our prayers, and we trust his answer and his timing. We are to pray consistently every day, leaving the prayers in God’s hands as we continue walking as his servants. This is the faith in prayer that pleases the Lord and gives us peace.
For the Lord to answer a prayer, the prayer must bring glory to God. Examples of prayers that bring glory to God are: praying for spiritual blessings such as peace, joy, wisdom, courage, etc., praying for others, praying for our physical needs, and praying for our country and the world. As the Lord molds us to be more Christ-like, our prayers are more pleasing to the Lord and bring him glory. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words (Matthew 6:7). Make your prayers specific and to the point, revealing your desires and your emotions.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Always give thanks when you pray, and rejoice because you know that the Lord has received your prayer and is acting on it. Start your prayers with thankfulness for the blessing of prayer and close your prayer with thankfulness that he hears and answers your prayer.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). For our prayers to be effective we must walk in obedience to the Lord’s will, because the Lord often answers our prayers through our obedient walk. Pray and continue to follow the Spirit, being a light for Christ in this world. Focus on ministering to others with a heart of love, as this will free you from worry and impatience about your prayers. It is important to focus on the Lord and others more than on self, because the more we focus on ourselves the more stressed we can become.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). Each day pray what the Spirit puts on your mind. It may include the same prayer as yesterday but continue praying each day as a new day, and when the Lord’s answers begin to be revealed, praise the Lord whatever his answer may be.
Thou shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). It is very important to pray consistently and leave the answer and timing in the hands of the Lord. The Lord takes responsibility to answer the prayer according to his divine understanding and will. It’s our responsibility to walk according to his will. If we focus on serving the Lord and fully trust the Lord to answer a prayer, then we have stopped being our own god and are no longer trying to share God’s throne. By this, the Lord sees our faith and answers our prayers.
Today trust the Lord completely and pray whenever the Spirit reveals the need. In this world we pray for lost souls, hurting people, angry people, impatient people, and sick people. Seek the need for prayer every day, telling the Lord what you observe and where his divine power is needed.
Let’s Pray: Lord I am grateful that I can call on you in prayer, and I thank you for answering my prayers. Guide me in the Spirit for the need to pray. Let me see the world through your eyes and heart, and enable me to hear the Spirit and to know when to pray. In Jesus name, Amen