What language do you speak? Where is your conversation most at home? E.W. Kenyon said, “Faith talks in the language of God. Doubt talks in the language of man.”
Faith is about trusting that God is who He says He is for us, and will do what He has promised. F.F. Bosworth wrote that, “We cannot pray with faith including the faith-destroying phrase ‘If it be thy will’.” It’s a cop out, an options open kind of prayer. James wrote that if we are not in faith we are in doubt (James 1:6), and Paul that whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:27). The author of Hebrews wrote that it is impossible to please God apart from faith (Hebrews 11:6).
Our prayers are ineffective when we are unsure, or doubt the will of God. How do we know His will? We become familiar with God’s heart and His will by reading and hearing the word of God and by spending time in His glorious, loving presence. His word sanctifies us (John 17:17), washes us (Ephesians 5:26), renews our mind and aligns it with the will of God (Romans 12:1-2). Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).
A grace-fuelled confidence is another word for faith. John writes,
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
Martin Luther puts it another way: “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.”
Often we doubt because we don’t feel full of faith. But Smith Wigglesworth exhorts, “I can’t understand God by feelings. I can’t understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings. I can only understand God the Father and Jesus Christ by what the word says about them. God is everything the word says He is. We need to get acquainted with Him through the word.”
Get into God’s word, be awakened unto His willingness – that’s the gift of faith that will move mountains.
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