Praying in faith
Kate helps us to understand what it means to pray ‘in faith’.
I’ve been thinking about how we pray ‘in faith’, and what does that mean? In the Lord’s prayer we ask God to ‘give us today our daily bread’.
We can’t fake faith or try and pretend we believe, the key is knowing Jesus. In Hebrews 12 the writer tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. There’s no one like Him! When we know Jesus, our best friend, the one who never leaves, our shepherd, the most powerful person you will ever meet, our faith is found in knowing Him. Pete Greig says our job is just to stay focused on the person of Christ!
The Lord’s prayer is written in a way that means we have to ask for what we need. We no longer rely on ourselves, we have to be vulnerable. Part of being born again means our old selves were crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), we are also called to humble ourselves and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14), asking requires humility. James also tells us that we do not have because we do not ask God (James 4:2). God provides daily for our everyday needs and desires but also works in wonderous miracles and we get to partner with Him by asking for these things.
The more time I spend with Jesus the more I want to spend time with Him. He has invited us to dwell in Him, to dwell is to live somewhere, it is home. As we spend time in His presence, being full of the spirit, focusing on Him in worship we look at who He is, we don’t get caught up thinking I need to muster up faith for this thing I need we are just in love with the person of Jesus. Faith comes from knowing the person of Jesus (Philippians 3:10).
Daily gratitude is such a helpful way of stirring ourselves to pray, start by calling to mind his faithfulness, thanking Him for the small things, the everyday things, where He has already provided for your needs. We are told there is always something to rejoice about in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 because we can give thanks in all circumstances! When there are ‘big’ things to pray about use someone else’s testimony or look through scripture it is full of testimonies – thank God for that miracle in someone’s life and ask for it in your own! In 2 Corinthians 1:10 it says ‘he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.’
Thank you Kate