|'Prayer's garment of faith'
It has been said that prayer is the doorway to heaven and faith is the key that unlocks the door. Believing this to
be so, we need to preface, permeate and anchor our prayer with a faith which is unrelenting in its pursuit of
God's heart and His perfect will. Cast your prayer of faith upon the waters of His promise (in Christ) and
believe, without doubting (1), and God will receive your petition as a parent answers the expectant cry of his
own child. How often have we prayed without voicing the accompanying faith required to touch the heart of
God with our petitions? If God answered all prayer on the basis of need alone, then there would be little or no
lack in any church or the life of any believer. God answers prayer according to His will, His purposes, our
faith and our need met through "His riches in glory in Christ Jesus"(2).
The point at which our faith meets His love is where healing begins, deliverance is spoken and blessing is
released. When we believe that God's word will not return to Him before accomplishing and prospering that
for which it was sent(3), then we can truly claim His promises to be Yea and Amen, in Christ(4). God's love is
large enough to find and meet the smallest offering of faith we may have for a particular circumstance, as long
as our faith is from a contrite heart and not merely spawned from want or desire. If we pray according to the
will of God as revealed in scripture(5) and believe in His faithfulness to answer, then we can move in joyful
thanks-giving and grateful expectation before the answer we seek is made manifest in the natural(6).
Continually encourage yourself to pray for the needs and circumstances of others(7), even while great obstacles
and forces may be attempting to block and obstruct your own way. One of the greatest hindrances in our
prayer life is a perpetual preoccupation with our own need to the exclusion of known need in others and in the
church. Perseverative self-serving prayer can force us onto a pathway of personal 'centeredness' which can
only lead to a habitual pattern of spiritual navel-gazing. If at all possible before entering into prayer, strengthen
your faith through reading the written word of God and cloak your prayer with the faith that can move
Prayer should not be thought of or taught as a religious experience or exercise, even though some
denominations do just that. Rather, prayer is an absolute necessity to enter the very throne room of God the
Father through the righteousness and shed blood of His Son, Christ Jesus. We must learn to wait on God's
perfect will and His timing for answer to our prayers and petitions. "So what shall I do? I will pray with my
spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind"(1 Cor.
14:15). "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit ... be alert and always keep on praying for
all the saints"( Eph. 6:18). As mentioned above, without faith being coupled with prayer we stand at a heavenly
door without a key to enter!
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) (Mk. 11:23) (2) (Phil. 4:19) (3) (Isa. 55:11) (4) (2 Cor. 1:20) (5) (Eph. 1:9-11) (6) (Mk. 11:24) (7) (Jas. 5:16)
(8) (Matt. 17:20)