“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God (in prayer), must believe that He is (God), and that He rewards those who diligently (consistently, determined) seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 paraphrased).
How absolutely simple this scripture appears to be! But wait! What is faith? “Faith is having the audacity to believe what has not been seen has been received, knowing (having confidence) it will occur.” The Bible tells us in Mark that Jesus told His disciples (followers) that when we pray, don’t doubt; we must believe we have already received that which we prayed for and then we will have it. In other words, we have to know that whatever it is we have been praying for is on the way, and all we have to do is act like we already have it. NO DOUBTING! If we don’t doubt, we don’t need to ask again.
Tough concept to believe? All right, let me state another way. Would we waste our time praying for those things we already have? I think not. Do we thank God for answering our prayers? I sincerely hope so. I teach–having faith when we pray means we only ask one time, and then we keep thanking God for the manifestation of the answered prayer until we see it. This approach aligns with The Word (Mark 11:23,24).
Though this line of thinking may be controversial for some to accept, I am living proof that it works and as long as it works in my life, I will continue to stand firm on The Word, without doubting, totally confident that my prayers will be answered, whenever I pray and for whatever I pray. Hallelujah! That’s faith! And we know, that God responds to our faith, not our emotions!
Where is your faith–in God or man?
Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for answering our prayers, addressing every need, using anyone and any vehicle You desire and knowing when we please You, You will give us the desires of our hearts. We give You praise for You are the only One worthy of it. Amen!