The Necessity of Faith In Prayer

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

“Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God”. E.M. Bounds

There are two common extremes when it comes to the exercise of faith in prayer. The first extreme is the “name it and claim it” approach which makes man supreme and God the genie in the lamp who serves us “on demand”. My guess is that this tendency is not common among those reading this right now. The second extreme, which is likely far more common, is the passive approach to faith. This group looks on faith as something that starts the Christian life but mixes in on the journey only occasionally with a passive trusting in God’s sovereign will. The idea of praying with faith would at most mean praying something like… “if it be your will.”

In many cases, this is just plain old unbelief masquerading as surrender. There are more “unbelieving believers than we might be willing to admit. A light switch holds no intrinsic power in itself. Yet the power supply in the house only reaches the light bulbs when the switch is thrown. The switch does not produce the light…yet it is the conduit that connects the real power to the bulb. So it is with faith. Think of how the Holy Spirit connect your life to the saving power of Christ. did he do it apart from faith…or through faith?…

-Tim Kerr

To Be Continued (part 2 will be posted tomorrow)

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