The Possibilities of Prayer are the Possibilities of Faith
But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8
When you ask him…..be sure your faith is in God alone. No wavering, no half-heartedness. Faith believes God answers prayer. Believers, we must resolve not to waver, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). He who gave us promises to pray will not now deny what He has already promised. Abide in Him and allow His words to abide in you (John 15:7) so that your loyalty is not divided between God and the world. Did you notice that the wavering person is not only unstable in their prayer life but in everything they do?
“The possibilities of prayer are the possibilities of faith. Prayer and faith are Siamese twins. One heart animates them both. Faith is always praying. Prayer is always believing. Faith must have a tongue by which it can speak. Prayer is the tongue of faith. Faith must receive. Prayer is the hand of faith stretched out to receive. Prayer must rise and soar. Faith must give prayer the wings to fly and soar. Prayer must have an audience with God. Faith opens the door, and access and audience are given. Prayer asks. Faith lays its hand on the thing asked for.” (E.M. Bounds on Prayer)
It pleases God when we obey his Word, and we will discover that it also strengthens us. Jotham strengthened himself because he did not waver in obeying the Lord his God (2 Chronicles 27:6). Abraham did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God (Romans 4:20).
When you pray, be motivated by God’s Word, His love, and His Spirit. When the fierce winds of trial come, prove just how firmly attached to the Vine you are. Abide in the Lord, allow your faith to boldly pray His promises, and don’t let go of the prayer until you receive from Him. Ask for the wisdom to hang on in prayer while those fierce winds of the trial blow. Never worry, He gives generously and without criticizing.
In His grace,