When Your Faith And Your Prayer Don’t Mix
We can become so selfish when it comes to faith and prayer. All we want is for God to move this, fix that give this, turn it around….we wait in expectation for his response and then________ (nothing!! There’s complete silence). Here is the issue, our intentions are good but our faith is missing some key elements. We spend more time in believing for the answers to our prayers then believing God, causing our faith and prayer not to mix well.
In this post, I list three things that can hinder a definite response from God. I pray as you read this post that it will help you to position your faith in the right place to receive from God now instead of later.
1. Faith Must Be Definite
Your faith must be definite and free from doubt. When faith and the asking are definite, then the answer will be definite. If you are seeking an answer from God in prayer; your faith should go beyond God’s willingness and his ability to do for you. When you pray, your prayer should not be vague or indecisive but specific, firm, and straight to the point. When your faith is definite, your prayer life and course of behavior changes and you will no longer spend most of your prayer time asking for things; you will rather ask God for wisdom on how to please him better.
2. Convinced that He is God
God wants you to recognize him as a rewarder. He rewards those who are convinced that he exists. I found a great example in Rahab. She heard how the Lord opened up the Red Sea for the children of Israel and she believed that “He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath”. (Joshua 2:9-11). Rahab did not witness the miracles, but she was convinced that God existed and because of her belief her family did not perish with the others who did not believe. God rewards those who are convinced he is God and seek him with their whole heart. Being convinced that God is and is a rewarder, will keep you less focused on your needs. Seeking God in faith is not based on what God does or how he does it, it’s based on who he is.
Hebrews 11:6 says But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he IS and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV).
3. Rest Your Faith in God, Not The Answer
When you rest your faith on only getting a response from God, you risk a possible lack of faith. God’s timing is not our timing and his response to your prayer may take longer than expected. God’s delay may cause you to think that perhaps what you are asking for was not in his plan or maybe you prayed the wrong prayer etc..
Your faith should not rest on getting a prayer answered but it should rest on God and his word. You will know when your faith is resting on the answer instead of God; you will start to feel discouraged and impatient, especially when things don’t happen the way you want them too. Faith knows how to wait on God, it knows how to have patience, because, faith rest on God and his word, Not the answer.