Too many Christians are beating themselves up because it seems their prayers are having no effect. Others have stalled out as a result of a lack of simple effort to pray continuously and fervently as suggested by the apostle Paul. Is there a secret to a successful prayer life? I believe there is.
It is not a question of if, but when you find yourself in one of life’s situations that requires a specific prayer, pray until you believe God. Pray with an unbridled tongue and lips until you can thank Him for the answer. If the answer seems far away and distant outwardly, do not pray for the answer in such a way that it is clear you do not definitely believe the answer will come. This kind of prayer instead of helping you will hinder your deliverance and when you are finished praying, you will discover that you believe less now than before you began to pray.
“When ye pray, believe” (Mark 11:24). The saint that does not pray this way learns that his or her faith is fading and will soon disappear completely unless a change is made in how we pray. The sense of urgency that drives you to offer this kind of prayer is surely born out of selfish desire with a little help from Satan the Tempter.
Some believers say it may not be wrong to pray about a particular situation in question over-and-over again to the Lord. Maybe, if you are not being impatient, however, if the Lord is keeping you waiting and you continue to pray for the same thing, make sure you do so in a way that reflects your faith.
I have heard well-meaning Christians unknowingly confess how they were praying
themselves out of faith. Most were doing so because of impatience and disbelief. “Test yourself to see if you are in faith” (II-Corinthians 13:5). Be careful and do not let impatience cause you to pray yourself out of faith. You may say to God that you are
waiting and that you believe He will answer, but your words betray the unbelief that lies within your heart. There is nothing that so completely manifest godly faith as to be confident of the answer that you can thank God for it in advance.
Any prayer we pray that take us out of our faith in the power of God serves two misguided
purposes; one it deny the promises of God in His Word and two it deny the saint the “yes” and “Amen” the Spirit of God has placed in your heart. “Do not grieve the Spirit” with prayers that are nothing more than empty expressions of the true unbelief in your heart, and impatience suggest unbelief more than anything about God’s will to answer your prayer.
“For we who have believed do enter into rest” (Hebrew 4:3). Usually, the prayers that take us out of our faith have their beginnings in the Christian tendency to focus our thoughts on the impossibility of a situation instead of the promises of God. Abraham “considered not his own body.” Abraham clearly understood that faith is not a by-product of common sense, intellectual understanding or rationalization of the Word of God, but taking God at His Word. “He staggered not at the promise of God” (Rom. 4:19, 20). I pray you will be mindful and keep your eyes and ears open and yield not to the temptation of unbelief and pray yourself out of faith.
The English Evangelist George Mueller said: “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” The power of prayer and faith in all that it can do does not flourish when things are going well in our lives. God often uses the hard times to refine us into the people He wants us to be for His purposes. God gave His promises in the quiet hour and sealed His covenants with the blood of His Son Jesus. He sits upon his throne waiting and watching to see how much and how many of His glorious promises we will believe. After a short time anxiety comes along and test all that God has promised us. It is then that prayer and faith delivers the answer; “And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way” (John 4:50).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- While I Pray (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)