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And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

- Mark 11:22-24

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.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

- James 1:6-7

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

- Psalm 27:14

 

How is it possible for God's children to sometimes "sing while in prison," "walk calmly through fires," and "sit restfully among lions"?

Daily prayer can suffer from many handicaps, deficiencies, and stumbling blocks. The following list reflects several of these problems and some practical helps regarding them. The various difficulties are listed according to the previously-mentioned seven qualities (or affections) found in true prayer.


1. Praying in faith

  • Praying unexpectantly instead of expectantly - Expectant prayer eagerly looks for an answer; unexpectant prayer does not - it does not believe that God will answer. True prayer produces active waiting, not careless inactivity.
  • Looking more at one's circumstances than at the God of all circumstances - Unbelief looks at the height and strength of the "mountains" of one's problems and sins. Faith views God through whom these "mountains" can be cast into the sea.
  • Placing faith in self instead of in God - Faith in self despairs when it encounters problems it cannot solve, difficulties it cannot understand, sins it cannot conquer, sicknesses it cannot cure, and distressing circumstances it cannot change. Faith in God provides hope in the same circumstances because there are no problems, difficulties, sicknesses, or circumstances that extend beyond God's control.
  • Doubting rather than believing the truth of God's grace - Would you walk past a needy, starving child who called to you for food if it was in your power to help? If not, do you view God to be less gracious than you?

  • How do the following examples illustrate praying in faith?

      In biblical times, it was the custom of a servant to keep his eyes focussed upon the hands of his master. The same was true for a maid with her mistress. The master or mistress frequently motioned with their hands when they wanted something done. The servant expectantly waited, therefore, actively looking for a sign from his master.

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