#8: FAITH AND PRAYER
(from the teaching of Jesus)
Note: Let me encourage you to read the following paraphrased Scriptures slowly and meditate on what the Word of God teaches concerning faith and prayer.
Though your faith begin small and seem insignificant,
it can grow and assert great influence.
(Luke 17:6, Matthew 13:31-32, II Thessalonians 1:3)
Anyone can receive the faith of God,
for faith comes by hearing God's Word.
(Mark 11:22, Romans 10:17)
When a believer speaks to a spiritual mountain of opposition,
saying: “Be removed and cast into the sea!”
and does not doubt, but is sure what he says will happen,
his desire will be granted.
Everything that you ask for in prayer,
believing you receive it when you pray, you will have.
(Mark 11:24, Matthew 21:22)
An unmerciful person makes his prayers ineffective
by not forgiving.
But the wise forgive those who have trespassed against them,
so their Heavenly Father may forgive them.
United prayers of love and agreement produce a beautiful
spiritual symphony to the Lord and bring answers to prayer.
As a father enjoying giving good gifts to his children,
your Heavenly Father enjoys giving good gifts to you.
Because a widow persisted in coming to him,
a dishonest judge rendered for her
a just and favorable decision.
How much more shall our perfectly just God
secure the blood-bought covenant rights of His children
who come to Him in faith?
One who doubts becomes overwhelmed
by negative circumstances.
But faith changes what is seen
and makes it conform to God’s will.
(Matthew 14:28-31, Romans 4:18-21)
To preserve his honor, a neighbor arises
at midnight to grant the requests of a friend,
though it inconveniences him.
How much more will your loving Heavenly Father
grant your requests?
Boldly persist in prayer and receive!
For God hears and answers the prayer of faith.
(Luke 11:5-13, Matthew 7:7-11)
Note: this devotional is from the new book, Proverbs of Faith, Hope, and Love, volume 1, Day 25, pages 65-66.