There are many principles of prayer. However, the underlying secret to faith-filled prayer has never changed.
It is intimacy with God.
Our faith is not in a type of prayer, a principle or a formula; our faith is in a Person.
The writer to the Hebrews says:
‘And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.’ (Heb 11:11)
Why was Sarah able to have faith and conceive? Because she considered God faithful—true to His Word.
The Greek word translated faith, pistis, means to have a belief and an unshakeable conviction about the truth of something. It means fully confident and trusting. (Strongs G4102)
What wonderful news!
Faith is not about trusting in your own condition, your own ability or works—and that includes your ability to pray.
The Key to Abraham’s Faith
What was the secret of Abraham’s overcoming faith?
Abraham knew God and he had a relationship with Him. Flowing from that relationship came Abraham’s unwavering conviction that:
- God is a Keeper of His promises, and
- God has the power to fulfil those promises (regardless of what things look like in the natural realm)
‘Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’ (Rom 4:20-21)
When you have an unyielding conviction about the nature of God—in particular, His faithfulness—you have the bedrock foundation for faith.
Prayer is not a Formula
Biblical principles of prayer are powerful. They are also diverse. It is almost impossible to use every Scriptural approach to prayer all at once!
We need to remember that our breakthrough comes from intimacy with God, and responding to Him, not from a type of prayer we are using.
Faith-filled prayer is not about using a particular approach to prayer.
Sometimes, God is highlighting one particular truth because it is a ‘now’ word that He wants us to pay attention to. For a season, our faith is heightened by that revelation from God’s Word.
However, we must also continue to honour all Scriptural principles that we have learned about prayer.
Ask, ‘Holy Spirit, how are You leading me to pray?
If the Holy Spirit indicates that you are to use one approach to prayer, or press into a certain principle or Biblical promise concerning prayer, then do that.
Perhaps, persisting in prayer is the highest expression of your faith right now. Or maybe, the Spirit will lead you to stop petitioning and start praising. There may be some transactions He is calling you to make, such as repentance or intercession. He may direct you to stop praying and instead, speak atmosphere-changing words of life.
Faith is not a Commodity; it Flows from Relationship
Matthew 7:11 says: ‘If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’
Faith is not a commodity.
- Faith arises from intimately knowing your Father, and His nature
- It comes from having the revelation of His loving intention to give good gifts to you, His son, His daughter
Faith comes from having the conviction that your Father will reward your pursuit of Him.
Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith in the Bible, highlights this master key:
‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ (Heb 11:6)
Take Time to Listen
Are you seeking an answer to prayer? Take time to be with God.
Listen to His voice.
A relationship goes two ways. Having an intimate relationship with God means that you are taking time to listen.
‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)
When you have heard what God has to say, you can pray in agreement with His purposes. Knowing that He is a keeper of His promises, you will pray with greater faith.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32 NKJV)
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