The Relationship Between Faith and Prayer

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The Christian faith provides many tools to help the believer go to the next level. An integral part of this system is prayer. Prayer is your way of communicating with God and asking for whatever you need in the name of Jesus. God is without a doubt omniscient; He knows everything about you, your fears, your family; but there is something about sharing your thoughts, concerns, and desires with God that reveals a spiritual intimacy with Him. He wants you to realize that He does indeed care for you and expects you to come to Him boldly with your requests (Hebrews 4:16). This shows Him that you need Him and that there is no other person in this world who can answer your prayers in a way that is especially for you because of your faith in Him.

However, prayer is more than talking to God but it also involves listening to God. Yes, He still speaks in this modern age of technology. If He spoke to the saints of old, He certainly will speak to you if you believe He will. He has the answer to all your problems, desires, concerns, and hopes. If you haven’t been blessed to hear Him audibly, read the Word aloud! That is God speaking to you. He is your Father, and He desires to give you good things (Matthew 7:11). He has no desire for you to look to any person, place, or thing to answer your prayers. Your spouse, parents, and friends may have some resources that could help you, but God is your Source! His source is steadfast and everlasting. Many times God wants you to see what is in your heart, where your treasures are, where your faith is. He wants to know what are you willing to sacrifice for Him, just as Abraham was with Isaac (Genesis 22). Your faith in Him opens the door in heaven for your prayers to be answered, and as He increased Abraham, He will increase you in the areas where you are lacking.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons that you, as a believer, have in your arsenal. This weapon enables you to defeat the enemy in the spirit realm. However, how can you know someone with whom you don’t spend time? You can’t make the claim that this person is a friend because you really don’t know anything about him/her, so you really have put this person in the acquaintance category. You can’t place any faith in this person because you are ignorant as to his/her abilities. To remedy this, you must make and take the time to get to know this person. The same is true with God. You can’t rely on Him if you don’t spend time in prayer with Him. You may know His name and some stories about Him, but you have no intimate knowledge about Him. Consistency in prayer builds up your faith in God. The more you stay in prayer, the more God reveals Himself to you because you are his friend. He is Omniscient. He is Omnipresent. He is Omnipotent. What a privilege to take everything to such a Friend!

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