• Dave Earley

The Requirement of Faith



Never underestimate the essential role of faith in prayer

Jesus said that faith-filled prayer can move mountains and leads to answered prayer.

Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[a] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Our faith plays an important role in God’s work on earth

Nothing caused Jesus greater disappointment than the lack of faith in His followers. Five times He exclaimed, “You of little faith.” (Matthew 6:30; 8:36; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 12:28). He asked, “Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) and “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25).

Three more times Jesus placed faith as a condition for God doing mighty works by saying, “If you have faith.” (Matthew 17:20; 21:21; Luke 17:6). He also said, “Because you have so little faith” (Matt. 17:20); “Stop doubting andbelieve” (John 20:27); “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 7:19); and “Your faith has healed you.” (Mark 5:34; 10:52).

The most interesting comment in the Gospels about the role of faith in miracles involves Jesus’ return trip to His hometown. “He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith” (Matt. 13:58). The lack of faith expressed by the people in his hometown limited Jesus from doing all He wanted to do there.

Regarding this lack of faith, Wesley Duewel stated,

It is absolutely clear that our lack of faith limits God’s freedom of working mightily. It stopped Jesus from using His miracle-working power (Mark 6:5).

· From the standpoint of omnipotence, God is almighty—His power is utterly unlimited.

· From the standpoint of His sovereignty, God can do what He will.

· But from the standpoint of His grace, He has chosen normally to limit His miracle answers to our believing. “According to your faith” (Matt. 9:29), said Jesus.1

SECRETS TO HAVING BOLD FAITH IN PRAYER

1. Align your request with the will of God.

2. Base your request on the promise or promises of God.

3. Recognize a prayer burden.

4. Express your faith with words of thanksgiving.

Lazarus was dead and had been lying in a tomb for several days. But Jesus offered a simple, yet powerful prayer of faith for him.

Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me Then Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out…. (John 11:41-44)

Today when you pray, instead of praying hopeful prayers such as Father would you please … Pray faith-filled prayers thanking God for what He will do. Father I thank you that even this very second, you are working….

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