PRAY AND BELIEVE

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Prayer and faith are linked hand in hand. Of course it is easy to say prayers in a routine sort of way and which becomes meaningless. Actually, the disciples were mesmerized by the prayers of Jesus. They said “Jesus, teach us how to pray like John taught his disciples to pray”. That’s when Jesus responded by giving them what we call the Lord’s Prayer. Over the years this became used as a routine prayer and not a prayer offered in faith. What do I mean? The Lord’s Prayer was simply a sample, or a guide, that taught the simple elements of praying in faith. It is way more than just a prayer to be repeated. It was given as sort of a guideline for prayer. When I was a child my mother taught me two prayers. One was the “God is great, God is good” prayer and the other was the “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayer. Those were good places to start but memorized prayers soon deteriorate into routines and just mimicked words. Only after I was born again as a young man did I begin to see the value of the prayer offered in faith. Where do these prayers come from? They are born in relationship with the Lord. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible on praying in faith.
“The kind of faith that produces these results cannot be created by humans or “worked up.” We must receive it from God himself because he is both a and the object, or focus, of true faith. We cannot take credit for what happens as a result of this faith. Sometimes what we believe for may happen immediately; at other times it may not. Yet God gives the faith that our prayers have been heard and that God will respond in his perfect time and way.”
Did you catch that? God gives the faith. Faith is supernatural. Actually Paul said faith and love are in Christ Jesus. If that is true how do I get this God kind of faith? Like everything else it goes back to relationship. Relationships are cultivated, we have to work at them. As we draw near to the Lord in prayer His promises become more real to us and His presence becomes more precious to us. This is where prayers of faith are born, in His promises and in His presence.

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