“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraided not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”  (James 1:5-7'0

James 1:6 says that when we pray to God we must pray in FAITH. You see there is a chance of praying out of faith. When we pray out of faith, we have a hard time receiving what we’ve asked for from the Lord. So praying in faith is the way that God established for you and I to receive from Him.

Simply put;

The prayer of faith is, and must be based on God’s Word. As we approach God in prayer, we must be in faith. To be in faith, means to have a firm belief system that is founded and rooted in God’s Word.

Too many people are approaching God without knowing His will about their situation.

How do we find out Gods will? By finding out what He has already said. You see Gods Word is His expressed will in written form.

The reason many have no knowledge of Gods will is because they have no knowledge of His Word.

Romans 10:17 tells us “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Faith begins to come to us through hearing something. Its starts with hearing what God has said. Taking Gods written Word, the Bible, and speaking it out will begin the process of forming faith. But that is not where it ends.

The word “word” here in this passage of scripture is the Greek word “Rhema” which literally means the “spoken word”.

To be able to have a true knowledge of Gods Word we must be able to hear what God is saying to us personally. In order for us to hear Him speaking to us, we must have a relationship with Him. You see it is through a relationship with God that we begin to understand the heart of what He is saying through His Word.

In Ephesians 1:17 we read where Paul prayed that God would grant you and I a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

It is after we begin knowing Him personally, and hearing Him speak to us, that we will begin to understand and know His will.

Paul went on to pray in Ephesians 1:18 that once we know Him, that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened, we would begin knowing the hope of His calling, the riches of His glory, His inheritance, and the power He has available for us who believe!

There it is: “FOR US WHO BELIEVE”! Your see to believe is to have faith. Faith comes through knowing the Father and His Word! (to be continued)