Pray in faith
God doesn’t just want us to pray, He wants us to pray with faith. The Bible says: ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’ (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). Praying with faith means we’re trusting God for the outcome. It means praying expectantly without doubting that God will come through for us. However, just because we believe God will answer us doesn’t mean we’ll get everything we’re asking for. God knows what will be best for us and for those we love. And He wants us to experience that. If we’re asking for something that doesn’t line up with His will and desire to give us the best things, then we may find that He says no. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have enough faith; it simply means it wasn’t the right thing for us. So when we’re praying in faith, we’re praying in the knowledge that God’s faithful and good. The Bible says: ‘When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind’ (James 1:6 NIV). Whatever we’re asking God for, we need to avoid doubting Him. In can be tempting to start doubting when we’ve been praying for a long time. We may have to pray many times before we see God answer us. We need to have persistence and have faith that He does hear us. The Bible actually tells us to never stop praying (take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:17). God wants us to go to Him with all our requests and burdens. So let’s take them to Him in faith.
What are you praying for today? Ask God to help you pray in faith, without doubting Him.
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