Prayer and faith

I’m sure many of you have heard a wide variety of thoughts on the correlation between prayer and faith. Let’s start with some scripture (where we should always start).

The LORD is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous. Prov 15:29

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matt 21:22

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil 4:6
…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Jas 5:15

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Jas 5:15

It's not the amount of our faith, but the object of our faith that matters!

There is a sect in the church that puts all of the power of prayer on the faith of the pray-er rather than on the sovereignty and character of God. Yes, God wants to continue to grow us in our faith, but He is much more sweet and gentle with us in our lack of faith than we often think. We tend to think of Him as some eternal taskmaster waiting to lower the boom on us if we don’t measure up.

Let’s just be real: compared to God we will NEVER measure up!

Praise His glorious Name! He looks at us with understanding of our frailty and our failure. He knows where we struggle and He works to take us forward from there. This is the process of sanctification in our lives. He continues to train and change us, to transform us into the image of His Son. But He also continues to reveal Himself to us in love, mercy and grace in the midst of our struggles.

I think about the paralytic who was lowered down through the ceiling to the feet of Jesus and was healed because of the faith of his friends. The verse above from James 5 that tells us that the effective prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. But in context, it isn’t the faith of the person needy in the situation. It is the faith of the one taking them to the Throne of Grace! We need one another in the body of Christ because our faith is bolstered and strengthened by the faith of another.

And you know what? God knew that’s how it would be and He planned the whole idea of the body of Christ to help strengthen and build one another up!

The next time you are feeling down on yourself, struggling with your lack of faith and thinking that God won’t answer your prayers unless you have tons of faith, remember Jesus who encouraged his disciples to have the faith of a mustard seed, which was very small indeed!

It’s not the amount of our faith that is important. it is the object of our faith that makes the difference!

All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
(image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net)

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8 Comments

  1. I love that quote of yours about the Object of our faith making the difference…..absolutely! It matters WHO we put our faith in! Thanks for hosting today.

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    • Thanks, Nan, for your continued encouragement!

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    • Thanks, sweet Judith! You too.

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  2. Kate…Loved the post today. The humble wonder that the faith the size of a mustard seed is just as important to God as the faith the size of a mountain is. Tank you for the link up. Blessings to you friend.

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    • Amen, Naomi! That always amazes me. Thanks for coming by this week, my dear friend!

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  3. Oh, my goodness! I can’t believe I just did what I did! I added 2 posts to the Link-up communities page 🙁 I do apologize! A bit lacking on this end, eh? and just another thing for you to do!
    I hope this finds you well and rejoicing in the LORD!
    Blessings,
    Jacqueline

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    • HAHA!!! Jacqueline, it is absolutely FINE if you share more than 1 post. I welcome them all, so no need to apologize. Your posts are always so encouraging and helpful that I know they’ll be a blessing! Have a great day, dear!

      And thanks for sharing my FB graphic earlier this week. THAT was very encouraging!

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