Praying Is Not Begging – Faith Does Not Beg

man-begging-300-webby Rex Rouis

God is moved by faith and faith does not beg. Begging is fearful and does not understand the heart and will of God. The will of God is to heal everyone through the operation of faith. We gain knowledge of God’s will through the promises in the Bible and once they are settled deep in our heart, faith is created. We release that faith to God and He moves on our behalf.

His blessing does not come because He loves someone enough or more than someone else. He loves everybody in the world exactly the same. But those that have faith are the ones who receive. It is His system. He chose to set it up that way – read this article. He is also generous with His mercy – read this article.

For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life…..He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16, 18

Faith does not beg. Seeking God and crying out for Him to work in our life is different from begging. One, knows that God can and ultimately will work, the other is fearful that He will not work and is pleading for Him to change His mind. Seeking God shows perseverance and has a foundation of faith. Begging has a measure of manipulation within it – “If I can just show God that I really need it maybe He will move on my behalf.” Begging also carries with it a component of shame. You beg from someone who may be indifferent to your situation and may be able to help; you seek someone who cares and is able to help.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7,8

Here is a hard truth; God is not moved by need. He is moved by faith. He is touched by our need but He responds to our faith.

When you ask for something, don’t have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6, 7

And faith does not come by begging. He will give us the faith but we must first do our part to get it. Step one is to receive the hope that God can and does want to heal you. This is done by learning from the scriptures His intent to heal. Jesus made it a big part of His life and ministry to ‘heal all those who were oppressed by the Devil, because God was with Him.’ He is still doing the same today.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9:35

Our hope increases as we become persuaded that our answer is a real possibility. Hope primarily comes from reading and meditating on the scriptures. Once those hopes (from the scriptures) come alive in our heart, faith appears. It comes by a hearing in the heart from God. It is the personal confirmation by God on one’s hopes, thus making them a reality. Hope knows that the answer is a possibility; faith knows that it is a reality. Hope motivates you to seek God till you get the answer. There is no fear involved. Begging is motivated by fear and does not know the will of God. Faith begins where the will of God is KNOWN.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the (spoken) word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV

Search the scriptures and read stories of God healing people just like you. The Gospels are full of them. Those people had needs, concerns, and fears just like you. Through hope and faith, seek a loving God who knows what you need and wants to give you the answer.

And when you are praying (seeking), do not use meaningless repetition (begging) as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7,8

“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Comments

  1. so in other words, those millions of people who have not had prayers answered is because they have no faith?. The same old cliche. truth is we don not know why God answers some prayers and not others and we will never know; anything else is stipulation.

  2. thanks allot, I’m blessed with this message. since it is plain that we should not begg but rather ask God, does it look normal begging fellow humans in different circumstances?

  3. Thank you for this article. Now know the difference between praying and begging. God bless you.

  4. Great article. I wish it were more broad though and wasn’t just about healing. Jesus said all things are possible to him who believes. It doesn’t just apply to health

  5. I was blessed to read the articles,I used to beg when I pray,but since begging is not the right thing to communicate God,I pray without begging anymore but seek His righteousness and His wellingness.
    Blessings..

    1. Author

      Dust – Sure, but it depends on what kind of faith you are talking about. You can believe in anything but ultimate faith requires an ultimate Being, someone Who can actually guarantee the future. Natural faith can take you only so far, for the heavy lifting you will need to hear from a living God. That is why the Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ.”

      Your faith will determine your eternal destiny. If you faith is in the world’s things or yourself, you better hope that they will be able to take care of you when the time comes. Or, hope that you will die and not exist after death. Otherwise, you will have to determine is which god is the real God and believe in Him. Believing is a huge responsibility. Everything rides on it.

      Both hope and faith can be natural or spiritual. My hope and my faith are based solely on the word of God, which tells me about the Person of God. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. It takes both. The God of the universe is not simply the man upstairs, and all religions do not point to the same God. We love you man. Rex

  6. Thank you for this. It was a revelation. I ask the Lord for his powers to continually work in me to do His will and good pleasure so I will seek and ask Him rather than beg. I am richly blessed and continued to blessed by your scriptures and sermons.

  7. amen. i’m blessed….
    its funny how we think begging God shows humbleness but I thank God for this article because now i know that begging doesn’t move God but faith does

  8. Thank you so much for posting this. It ministered to me so much that I read it again aloud to my husband. He asked me how I knew that he was begging God. We boldly approach the throne as children and not as beggars at the table. Thank you again.
    I know God is richly blessing you.

  9. I just want to let you know how much your posts speak to me. This is not the first time God has answered my questions or given.me direction through them. I have been begging God the past week. Not praying but begging and what you wrote made me realize that. Thank you

    1. Author

      Stephanie – Wow, thank you. That speaks encouragement to me. Keep seeking Him and speaking His word out with courageous and reckless abandon. Persevere for He is faithful. God bless. Rex

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