May this letter bring encouragement as we talk on: Faith and Prayer moves God and only God can move mountains. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21: 22. and Mark 11:22-25 Jesus has given us in Matthew chapter 21 and Mark 11, examples of that of prayer – asking by faith for those things you desire; when we pray in faith will come to past.
Throughout the teachings of Jesus we can conclude that this kind of answered pray as stated above, comes with a close relationship with the Lord. When we are willing to forsake all our own desires and seek God for who He is; holy, pure and righteous and as we desire the infilling of the Holy Spirit; we will be filled with the Holy Spirit with such a burning, hunger and desire of who God and Jesus is, in us, that we will began to see the fulfillment of the very will of God in and through our lives.
Praying fervently, earnestly, from the heart…you might say, comes from an earnest, deeper relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will birth within you, those burning desires within you, during (asking) praying in faith (believing)…you will receive the very answer you prayed for, His will from within, will be birthed. It will take nothing less than a daily walk with God through prayer, reading His Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us as we walk out our life in prayer and faith.
Faith is a faith that realizes, a certainty that takes hold. Pray that peoples faith does not fail them…for when faith is broken down, the foundation of spiritual life give way.
In 2nd Peter we see that faith is the very basis or foundation on which other things were to be built…here we see the necessity to build onto the faith we have thru Prayer. FAITH comes by hearing, reading and studying The WORD of GOD...when faith is increased through His Word…we WILL see it being accomplished, through PRAYER…let’s feed our PRAYER with FAITH, faith in His Word.
Faith is kept alive thru constant prayer and His Word. Faith is obedient through the word of God; for we can say that obedience helps faith and faith helps obedience. Faith acts. Faith centers itself on Christ’s abilities to do; a brokenness in prayer of our-self and complete trust in the work of Jesus Christ, Him crucified, His resurrection and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us as a believer.
The just, the believer, “shall live by faith” and that faith is not in us but only in Christ, within us.
Allow these scriptures to be placed deep within your heart:
- Romans 12:2…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
- Colossians 3:3. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Die out to Christ daily…of all self, in our own abilities and trust by faith in the work of Jesus in us.
- To sum up Matthew 6:25-34. All our treasures are by faith in Christ Jesus…His righteousness made in us…the Father, the Son and the working of the Holy Spirit, working in us and through us, working out the will of the Father…not I, not my will…but God’s will working out in us.
When faith is called upon, so often there is a time of patience before God – God’s seemingly delays in answered prayer. True faith does not grow disheartened when not answered immediately; faith takes God at His Word and waits patiently on God to fulfill His purpose and His work.
So, pray on, wait on…You cannot fail for delay is often the test and the strength of faith. When patience is placed on your faith, than faith gathers strength by waiting and praying. Wait on the Lord and allow Him to renew your strength!
Listed below are, you might say, a few gold nuggets; in regards to faith.
Faith dispels all undue anxiety and needless care about today and tomorrow, for true faith in Jesus Christ is faith in the present. Yes, perfect peace in the mind and heart. When praying, focus on the present…for tomorrow will take care of itself.
- In other-words, trust God for today, for the future belongs to God. Prayer is the duty which is needed, daily, yes, daily prayer for daily needs, reoccurring daily.
- Faith sees the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior which deals with God’s Word, is energized and inspired by the fire of His Spirit…yes, resting on His promises.
- Perfect Faith has what perfect prayer asks for. For faith is not an aimless act of the soul, but a looking to God and a resting upon his promises. Just as love and hope have always an objective, so also faith. Faith brings about that which God has for us.
Remember, faith does not just believe anything but it believes God, resting, trusting in His Word. I believe faith always has a purpose and that is to glorify God.
- Faith needs to be cultivated and increased by exercise, by being put into use, nourished by trials, test, and tribulations. Standing strong, ever growing.
- Faith grows by reading and meditating upon the Word of God.
Real faith in God is faith which keeps me in perfect peace, about the things of earth and the things of heaven.
Do you know that God will directly answer your prayers, those things you ask for, and give you peace, today, yes, a NOW God? We can know God’s will in everything.
God must be in all our thoughts…that we may not sin against Him. By grace we are saved through faith and by faith we stay saved. Yes, we have faith that when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and we ask for God’s forgiveness through prayer He is merciful and just to forgive us of our sin; for we see prayer introduces us to a life of faith.
Answered prayer is absolutel dependent upon faith. Do you know that God is able and willing to bless? Faith rests its case on those that diligently seek Him. Jesus Christ clearly taught that faith was the condition on which prayer was answered.
Trust is built in times of prayer, the meeting room with God. “Have faith in God”…trust… is formed from the very foundation of prayer. Yes, the background of answered prayer is a trust in God.
As I finalize this letter, it is my hope that you will reach out to God in prayer, out of a desire to know Him in a more deeper, personal way; for desire and prayer go hand and hand. Desire precedes prayer.
The deeper, one desire, the stronger the prayer. Desire is silent, that is to say, unheard…where prayer is spoken and comes out of the desire of the innermost being. Earnestly seeking God for a matter is that of desire coming, being birthed through that of prayer, an expression of “the soul’s sincere desire.”
A sense of need, creates an earnest desire and the stronger the need, the greater the desire; which in turn will provide a more earnest praying. Desire is the very will of man in action. Earnestly praying out of the desire of one’s heart is that of a burning, a fire, zeal; a desire, a flame of fire. It was the “fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man that availed much.” Jesus voiced these words, “blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
Here we see the very basis of prayer which requires an answer…the strong desire, a yearning that has entered into the spiritual appetite, wanting (waiting), expecting to be satisfied. I believe it is at this place of prayer that we can see the answer, for without desire there is no burden of soul, no sense of need, no vision, no strength, no glow of faith.
If people would hold onto God, with a deathless, despairing grasp, a cry of utter self-abandonment, as Moses pleaded with God, “I will not let these go, except thou bless me.” “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; if not, blot me, I pray thee out of thy book.”
Yes, it is the praying soul that God draws near to. I must have God’s answer, a revelation of God like that not of yesterday but today, a present revelation, a fresh revelation that meets today’s need. God is able to meet the prayer of a man that is in fervent prayer. A petition that is birthed out of one’s soul, all-consuming, glowing red hot…a flame of fire that ascends to heaven.
A coldness of spirit hinders prayers and a bitter attitude in prayer will not, cannot reach, ascend into heaven. In times of despair praying from the innermost being, out of desire, your prayer will more readily be answered and come forth…the fervent, earnest prayer.
As the Psalmist wrote, “Lord all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.” Yes, God does and will answer your prayer. True fervent prayer comes from the heart, not the brain or intellectual facilities of the mind. This fervent prayer comes from the very soul of man, the throb and gesture of the emotional nature. This prayer must be nourished, and guarded against decline in our daily relationship (devotional prayer) with and to God.
The life of prayer and simple faith must never be forgotten and continually be in our daily life – a part of our daily living… a never ceasing life of prayer, by faith. The end result…when God speaks…you obey!
Love in Christ Jesus,