by Rex Rouis
Think of prayer as a purchase transaction. Say, you want to purchase an item that costs $50. When you ask for it, they will ask you for the $50. If you don’t have it, they will politely ask you to come back when you do. If you do have the $50, you receive the item. It is now yours. Prayer works the same way. The item you want to purchase is your desired answer from God, the $50 is your faith, and the act of asking for it is prayer. It’s just that simple.
…Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness. Romans 4:9
Therefore, I say unto you, whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24
Faith is the currency of Heaven. We provide the faith, and He provides the hoped for desires. It is not prayer alone that moves the hand of God. It is faith and faith alone, but faith is released through prayer, and that is what creates the confusion. We see someone praying, but we don’t see the faith on the inside that empowers the prayer and makes it successful. We think it’s the outward observable prayer that moved the hand of God. It wasn’t. It was the hidden faith released in the prayer that moved God.
The trick in prayer, if there is one, is to have a sufficient amount of faith before you attempt the transaction. Don’t put your request out there without having something to back it up. Faith is the only thing of value that God accepts. He accepts it because it initially came from Him. We received this faith when we allowed His word to come alive in our heart. It came alive when we heard Him speak the answer to our heart. In prayer, we return this faith back to Him for what we desire of Him. Faith is what brings His will and His world into our life and our world.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the (spoken) word of God – Romans 10:17
Take the word of God and plant it in your heart, then seek Him with a listening ear. Once that seed grows and becomes a harvest of faith, take it and exchange it in prayer for what you desire of Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him. For he that draws near to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who seek him out. Hebrews 11:6