Prayers of Faith

PRAYERS

This month, my pastor is doing a series on Prayer. Since it was announced that we would be focusing on prayer during worship services and bible studies, I have been thinking a lot about prayer and what makes our prayers effective. And one thing that keeps resurfacing during my meditation time is FAITH.  That led me to wonder how a “regular prayer” is different from a prayer of faith.
Verses on which to meditate:. 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 
Mark 11: 24
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22
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In my life, here is what I have learned about faith:
– Faith gives you supernatural confidence.
– When we take a leap of faith with God, we have everything to gain (and nothing to lose but fear.)
– Faith allows us to believe that God has a plan for our life.
– .Faith allows us to genuinely believe that ALL things work together for our good. 
– Faith allows us to be genuinely happy for the achievements of our family and friends because we know that if God is blessing them, He most certainly can and will bless us.
– Faith reassures us that in our loneliness, God is enough.
– Faith calms us despite discouragement and anxiety.
– Faith allows us to pursue our respective purposes with reckless abandon even when we can’t see where we are headed.
Additional Verses on Which to Meditate:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6 (I’d really just recommend reading the entirety of Hebrews 11. It’s all about FAITH!!
Knowing what I know about faith and about prayer, here are my tips:
1) Always Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – Remain in constant communion with God. 
2) Don’t Lose Heart (Luke 18:1) – Persevere; you already have the victory. 
3) Give Thanks in All Circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18) – Praise God for His goodness. 
I pray that your prayers shift from “regular prayers” to prayers of faith. Remember, God is not a man that He should lie, not a human being that he should change His mind. He will do just what he said!
A Prayer For You:

Dear Father, I thank you for each reader of this post. I pray that each reader will have full faith and full trust in You. I know that if we abide in you, you will abide in us. And that if you abide in us, we will fulfill our respective purposes and live blessed lives. Grant us the desire to spend time in your word and in your presence. Increase our faith so that we are comfortable coming boldly to your throne. Increase our faith such that we pray prayers of faith and know that what we ask will be done. We know that you are a God who is able to do more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. For that, we are thankful. Amen.

Peace,
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Powerful Prayer

The bible references prayer A LOT!!!!  So, it must be important, right? 🙂 As life gets in the way, we sometimes forget just how important prayer is. We also forget that prayer is powerful. Last year, my bible study class read Praying to Change Your Life (pictured below) by Suzette T. Caldwell. The author encourages readers to look up verses of scripture that relate to their situations/prayer requests, to adapt the model prayer (a/k/a The Lord’s Prayer) by including the verses in the prayer and then to pray that prayer over their lives.  I highly recommend this book! Since reading it and working my way through the practice examples in the book, I feel much more confident about the strength and effectiveness of my prayers. Prayer is powerful; but, it is even more powerful when we use God’s word.

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After some thought about prayer, I have come to the conclusion that that are some common characteristics of powerful prayer. Powerful prayers are:

 (1) Based on Pure MotivesWhen we go before God, we should have pure hearts.  Unwillingness to forgive, resentment, bitterness and jealousy block our prayers.

(2) Full of Faith – We must be confident when we pray. We must believe and not doubt (James 1:6). When we do this, we will receive whatever we ask in prayer (Matthew 21:22).

(3) In Jesus’ Name – We must make our requests to God through Jesus’ power and authority. We often hear prayers ended “In Jesus’ Name.” The reason is that the bible tells us that whatever we as for in Jesus’ name will be given to us. (John 14:13, 14 and John 16:23, 24)

(4) Offered with Thanksgiving – We should always give thanks for what God has already done (Philippians 4:6,7). There is always something for which to be thankful, and we are instructed to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  After all, things could always be worse.

(5) Specific and Bold – The bible tells us that we shall have what we decree (Job 22:27, 28) and that we are privileged to be able to come to God and boldly request anything according to his will (1 John 5:14). God knows our hearts, our needs and our deepest desires.  Yet, he still wants us to ask him for what we want.  We have not because we ask not.

(6) Unceasing – We must pray continually and earnestly. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 and  James 5:16).

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Prayers don’t consist of just words; they don’t have to be said while we are on our knees; they don’t even have to be said aloud. A prayer can be as few or as many words or groans (Romans 8:26) as we feel it takes to get our point across to God.  Prayer still works! Continually make specific, bold prayer requests of faith in Jesus’ Name.

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:6,7 (NLT)

 Peace and blessings!