Saturday, October 19, 2013

God Thinking XXXV - Prayer Environment 4

"We are going to looking at 5 other components that must be present for you to provide an environment conducive to answered prayer.
1.    You must keep God’s commandments     I John 3:22
2.    You must ask in faith                                 James 1:6
3.    You must believe God will answer            Matthew 21:22
4.    You must ask in Jesus name                    John 14:147.
5.    You must ask according to God’s will       I John 5:14

2. You must ask in faith 

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.   V6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and

           tossed.  V7  let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord” James 1:57. 

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him” Hebrews  11:6.

Prayer without faith is simply void. 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1.   

This biblical definition in Hebrews 11:1 is so powerful and full of explanation as to what faith is, but it does not tell us how to get faith. 
  • Faith is imparted to us by Jesus Christ. 
  • Faith grows as our relationship with Christ grows.  
  • Faith grows proportionately to the desire we have to come to a full knowledge of God.
As you search His Word, identify with His will, and subject ourselves to His teachings, you will grow in faith.   

Faith comes - through trust - by experience. 

As you place our trust in God, He gives you faith to see things from a supernatural view.  As you see things from the supernatural way that God sees them, your faith increases.  “So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17.  

Faith is the invisible witness of your trust in God.

Faith is the intangible force that empowers us to actively participate in God’s plan in a tangible way. 

Faith is the substance that fills you when you are without and empty and desperate. 
Excerpt from God Thinking XXXV - Prayer Environment by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2013

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