Faith To Please Him!

“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!

Believe When You Ask!

“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” (James 1:6,7 NIV).

One of the reasons that many people do not get a chance to see their prayers answered is because when they ask God for something, they really don’t have the faith to receive. How do we know that we lack faith to receive?  When we doubt, “if it be possible Lord…”  With God, all things are possible so why would we hinder God by not believing His Word?  When we keep asking for the same thing over and over again, we demonstrate that either we don’t believe He heard us or He might forget.  God hears and answers prayer.  The answer may not be what we expected, but He does not ignore us. “A delayed response is not a denial” to our request.  Sometimes, we are not ready to receive the abundance He has to give us and so He waits until we are.

Don’t complain and become bitter when prayers are not answered instantly.  Wait! The answer is coming.  Don’t doubt!  The Word says that when we doubt we are “double-minded” and we can expect to receive “absolutely nothing” from Him.

When we ask, we must believe that He hears and He will respond–not necessarily when we  want Him to respond, but He is always on time (His timing). When we ask, we must keep thanking Him for what we have asked until we see it come to pass.  Our thanks to Him before we see the answer demonstrates our faith, not our doubt.

Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking God doesn’t care about you.  He does and when you ask, in Jesus’ name, He is obligated to respond to any prayer that aligns with His Word.  “God is not a man that He should lie.”  Believe when you ask and watch how God works!

I am so confident that I will see 1 million copies of my books sold on http://www.amazon.com/Mary-M.-Hall-Rayford/e/B00BAW31CQ that I keep praising Him, daily for His goodness, mercy, and favor in touching the hearts of 1 million plus readers.  Hallelujah!  He is just that Good!

Confident In Our Reward

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (I John 2:28).

When Jesus returns, how confident are you that you will be one of those who are “caught up” with them (the dead who rose first) to be with the Lord for all eternity?

The admonition by John is for us to “live The Word” so that when He returns, we won’t have to worry about whether we’ll make it or not. We have to make sure that we can withstand the judgment that will come when we stand before God and that confidence can only come when we “know” (not believe) that we have lived according to God’s Word and we need not be ashamed. We can stand before God, confident of His appraisal of how we did with the work He gave us to do. When we have completed the work assigned us, and to the glory of God, we can expect to hear Him say, “well done” my child.

Of course, if we haven’t done everything He assigned us to do, we may want to re-think what we’re doing, right now–while we yet have a chance.

Get it right, children of the Most High! Don’t be rebellious and get punished; live to please our Daddy and receive His very best!

The Lord Knows

The Lord knows–those who are His, our hearts, our thoughts from afar, our desires, our hopes, our dreams and the plans He has for our lives. Be confident in the knowledge that no weapon formed against us shall prosper because we have been given insight (through The Word) how to defeat the enemy and keep him under our feet! Through The Word, we find comfort, confidence, victory, healing, and blessings beyond any we could ever think of or imagine. Through The Word we are told how to spot the enemy at work–he comes to steal, kill, and destroy; he’s a master of deception and the father of liars. What more do we need to know? We have the victory over the enemy and know how to counter any attack levied against us. The praises of The Lord shall continually be in our mouths! Hallelujah–it’s dance time!