The Prayer of Faith


Are we praying the prayer of faith, or the prayer of doubt?

Too often, we pray the prayer of doubt.
The prayer of fear.
The prayer of defeat.
We pray the PROBLEM instead of the solution.
Proverbs 18:21 says "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit."
With that in mind, what does "the prayer of faith" in James 5:14-15 mean?
Instead of speaking about the problem and begging God to do what He already did and offers to us freely, let’s simply BELIEVE HIM enough to speak out what HE says about what we have going on. Faith…having confidence in who God is and what He says instead of confidence in our circumstance.
This can seem foolish or silly because we find ourselves speaking things that we can’t yet see with our eyes. But isn’t that what faith is? Yes…yes, it is. Faith is the evidence of things NOT SEEN, friends.
Even if we don’t see it yet, we’re asked to walk by faith and not sight.
So it reasons that the “prayer of faith” is the act of praying/speaking what we believe even though we cannot see it (yet!).
In fact, if we CAN see it, that’s not faith at all…that’s walking by sight and not faith!
At best, we too often pray a "double minded" prayer that sounds a lot like hedging our bet.
Check out this definition for "hedging a bet": "A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet. It means betting the opposite side of your original wager in order to either try to middle the game, or to reduce the downside exposure of the original wager."
We do this, right?
Original wager: "I trust you, God. You are my healer. You are my great physician. You are able to heal me. By your stripes I am healed."
The opposite of the original wager: "But God, if you don't want to heal me, that's ok. If you're not still in the healing business, that's ok. If your plan is for me to be sick and to die young, that's ok."
Here's what James 1:6-8 has to say about this kind of double-mindedness:
"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Friends, we CANNOT hedge our bets! We cannot hedge our prayers. We cannot speak faith out of one side of our mouth, and doubt out of the other side!
What is the result when we do this?
I'm reminded of just how many times (a LOT), Jesus replied to someone seeking healing from Him with, "let it be done according to your faith" or "your faith has healed you"
I'll say it as clearly as I'm able...don't let your faith be garbage that's based on what you SEE or EXPERIENCE. Speak the truth of God over your life whether you see it yet or not.
Friends, if I'm gonna go down....I'm going down swinging with all my strength.
All in on who God says he is.
All in on what God says Jesus did.
FAITH is not a whimpy Christianese term.
Faith is IT. Faith is ALL we have.
Faith is the ONLY thing that gives us access to the grace of God (Romans 5:2).
Are you with me, friends?
What are you struggling with today? What's causing you pain or fear?
I encourage you to go right NOW to the Word to see what GOD SAYS about your circumstance.
Quick circling the drain in fear and doubt...and get your feet on The Rock.
Have CONFIDENCE in Him today.
Trust what He says even if you don't "see" it yet.
Actively reject fear and shame and doubt.
He is TRUE.
He is ABLE.
He is WORTHY of our lives lived all-in with Him.
ox Daiq

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