When You Pray, You Must Believe!

St._Peter_Preaching_Pentecost-300-webby Rex Rouis

The Bible tells us that we are not just to pray, but rather to pray believing. If we are specifically told to believe when we pray, then it must be possible to pray and not believe. Not all prayer brings results. Only believing prayer moves God and receives from Him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:6, 7

All of the world’s religions exhort men to pray, but it is only the Bible that requires men to believe what they pray. This is the radical concept of the Bible – the requirement of actually trusting God. This was first exhibited in the Old Testament, and further developed in the New Testament – the absolute necessity for one to believe when one prays. Other religious systems are content with the motions of prayer, but the true Living God requires that we maintain a relationship with Him and that we trust Him.

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

Believing takes the emphasis off of prayer itself, and puts the emphasis entirely on God Himself. It is all about Him and His faithfulness. The Bible does not teach is to rely on prayer alone. It teaches us to rely on Him. Only when we can fully rely on Him can we fully pray believing. We are to believe Him first, and then express that belief in prayer. The faith must be in the heart before the prayer comes out of the mouth.

But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Rom 10:8-10


  1. It’s very nice to read all the comments and prayers that people write to other people whom they’ve never met. I need your prayers, too. I’ve been suffering lots of pains on my neck, shoulders and arms for years and now am on the waiting list for a surgery on my cervical disc. I’ve been on a long sick leave and I’ll have to go back to work as soon as possible after the surgery. However I have developed an ulcer and GERD lately due to pain killers and have lost 20% of my weight. I also have lower back pain. I need to get better and regain some weight and strength for the surgery. I’ve been in lots of pain and discomfort. I need healing. I need deliverance. I need faith in God that I will receive what I ask for…

  2. Hello Marion. My name is Karen. I heard your desperation and frustration in your comment. I also noticed you mentioned anger and hate. You know negative thoughts stand between us and God. If you have accepted God’s forgiveness of your sin, that is the basis for forgiving so you can release anger and hate. Study your Bible in these areas. Release these feelings to God.

  3. I was thinking about killing myself my kids shut me out, didn’t get to c my grandbabies, boyfriend walked out, I literly had no body. I’ve served GOD most of my life and couldn’t understand how he could let me go through such heartache, I went through Thanksgiving, CHRISTmas & New Years all alone. I PRAYED GOD HELP ME but nothing until I got on my knee and truly unloaded on him giving it all to him my heat litterally felt like it was going to explode, tears rolling like u wouldn’t believe, I kept on going until he grabbed my heart and I litterally felt a calming PEACE within myself.
    You can’t just PRAY u got to give it ur all turn it all loose
    I will keep u n my PRAYERS

  4. What happens when we just can’t bring or dont have feelings of love for God. I’ve prayed for a heart that loves him, adores trusts worships and praises him but I feel nothing. Everything hinges on that love. Without it one cannot function in prayer bible reading …. nothing. I don’t feel a relationship. This has been going on for many years. I was a believer since childhood and now I’m near 60 but my life has been empty. I feel stuck in neutral. Without faith it is impossible please God. Some ppl say we choose to love God but I don’t believe this. I choose God but feel nothing. I don’t know if I have apathy. I feel I need supernatural healing here as I just can’t change by myself. I’m nothing on my own. A sinner stuck in hatred anger and you name it I ve got it. I have no trouble believing in God but from there it just goes downhill. I’ve sought help from church and friends but no one gets it.

    1. Marion, I understand how you are feeling. We can’t always understand how God is working in our lives… or when. I have struggled for over a year. I asked God to draw me nearer and it seems the opposite has happened. My mind is always under attack. Keep praying and don’t give up.

    2. I was reading many of the comments here and they reflect a struggle like you describe one I can relate to.

      Prayers with faith is something almost foreign to me. I have been given the example of a chair…when I sit on a chair I have faith it will hold me and not break.

      To which I Have said yes but I see the chair i feel the chair. I can judge if its sturdy and reliable and trust my judgement to sit.

      The only thing I can think of that just struck me now that perhaps can helps us both…

      Using the chair example. Think If we were in a room blind folded and needed to sit but no one said there is a chair and we dont know how this looks or if its sturdy good reliable.
      You may stand for a long time but soon you will get tire. Your legs will start to give out, shake and buckle in a moment where you may panic because you are blind folded and no one is there to guide you take a leap of faith trust that there is chair. Forget the analogy of the chair and think on the moment as if you where there feel your heart race the desperation the panic…finally you just leap you either lose all or ended in a sturdy chair. But you chose to belive what you couldnt see or trust.

      The results are between you and God. I dont know how this will help because not all prayers are answer how we would want and that breaks my heart too because if we pray with faith and it does not pass what then do we say I did not have enough faith? I didnt pray believing it will happen.?

      I think on this times you really have to mustard everything you have ,(and I am saying this to myself too) “ok god this is not your will but something i really wanted, it breaks my heart as i felt you placed this dream in me amd as it has not come to be and that door is closed, you have plans for my god so now I boldly pray amd ask you heal my heart and help me get over that dream help me get passed as it has not come to be heal me so that I may move from this and see the good you have for as of now i am hurting and i am here before you at the door knocking, help me have trust help me have faith let me see not see with my understanding but yours. Amen

      Hope that help.

    3. Stop focusing on yourself and focus on praising Him and you will begin to feel the love and blessings. Trust me…I was out of fellowship for over 20 year. When I took the focus off of myself and sought His will and praised Him in every situation (good or bad) that’s when my relationship with Him began to grow in leaps and bounds and the blessings began to pour in over me.
      God Bless You in your quest to be close to Him.

  5. Thanks everyone for your encouraging messages. Unfortunately, I still haven’t got a job. I’m going through job application rejections since 2017 and all hope is lost really. I’ve tried and tried, I’m applying for anything that I see available, and have even sent out hundreds of inquiry applications, but I’ve gotten no where.

    1. Rita, I don’t know where you live but try Home Depot and Lowe’s. I’m pretty sure one of them will hire you. They both have a high turnover rate so there are always positions and they always have a big hiring to get ready for spring and another to get ready for the holidays. You may have to start as a part timer but at least it’s something but they do that to see who’s worth promoting to full time. If you are a good worker, punctual, don’t call out etc… they will offer you a full-time position plus let them know that’s what you’re looking for as well. Home Depot particularly is going nowhere, it’s a secure company. Remember God knows your needs, I will pray for you.

    2. Rita, I responded to your prayer request back on Jan.6,2019. I as I’m sure others have prayed for you, can you provide an update to your situation? Hope all is better, God bless you.

      1. Thank you Michael and everyone else who prayed for me. I was hired recently and have work for the next couple of months. Blessings to everyone. I’m grateful.

        1. Praise the Lord!!! That is absolutely wonderful, fabulous news. God bless you!!!

  6. Praying for each and every one of you 🙏🏻I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that my precious Lord leads me through everyday. Two of my children have a bad drug problem.. My grandson started using drugs and he lost everything he owned.. he has lost all rights to his children Aubrie and Gaige.. 7 and 4 years. I not allowed to see my great grand babies.. my husband had a heart attack a month ago. I have lupus and have had back surgery. I am 68 years old. My God is not done with me yet. I praise Him and thank Him for the Merciful and Mighty God He is . I pray and I believe that my Lord will turn this all into good. Please keep me and my family in your prayers 🙏🏻God is so good 👏🏼

    1. Martha, I have prayed for you and I know things will get better. Jeremiah ” For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ” We must be patient and wait on Him and He will move on our behalf. He loves us and He doesn’t want us to hurt, fear, worry or do anything that may negatively affect our relationship with Him. Sometimes the waiting and the situations are tests and time for us to grow more so that we may be more fruitful unto Him. We Christians are constantly at war with things the world will never understand until they too become members of Yahweh’s kingdom. God uses storms in our lives to sometimes be destructive but also to sometimes clear a path. Remember Romans 8:28 “God causes ALL THINGS to work together for GOOD to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. God bless you Martha. Forever In God’s Love and Mine – Michael

  7. Prayer Brings Miracles

    Next to the “Our Father Which Art in Heaven” prayer, this is one of the Best prayers
    I think I have ever read.



    I started not to do this, but as I read it….

    I understood God to say, ‘You need a miracle tomorrow’
    so here goes…Prov. 29:25

    You never know When God is going to bless you!!

    Good things happen when You least expect them to!!!!!!!!

    “Dear Almighty Lord God Jesus Christ, I thank you for this day, for
    this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in
    I thank you for my being able to see, and to hear, and to speak,
    and to feel, and to taste of Your good creation this day and every day.

    I’m blessed because you are such a loving and such
    a forgiving God, and such an understanding and caring God.
    You have done so much for me and yet you keep on blessing me.
    Forgive me this day for everything I have ever done, or ever said or ever thought
    That was not pleasing to you. I say I am so sorry.
    I now repent and ask for your forgiveness.
    Please keep me safe O God From all danger, hurt, and harm.
    Help me to start this day and every day With a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.
    Let me make the best of each and every day, To clear my mind so that I can hear from you.
    Please broaden my mind so that I can accept all things according to God’s Will. Let me not whine and whimper
    Over things I have no control over, for all things are working together for my good and God’s Glory.
    And when I’m pushed beyond my limits, give me the best response, a response which says Alleluia, and
    Praise the Lord, and Thanks be unto the Most High God Almighty, I know that when I can’t
    pray, You listen to the prayer of my heart.
    Continue to use me to do your will.
    Continue to bless me so that I may be A blessing to others.
    Keep me strong so that I may help the weak…
    Keep me uplifted so that I may have Words of encouragement for the discouraged.
    pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way, that they come
    to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, even through this Prayer I am
    now praying.

    I pray for those that are misjudged
    Misguided, misused, and misunderstood.
    I pray for those who don’t know you intimately.
    I pray for those who will delete this prayer
    without sharing the Love of God with others
    I pray for those that don’t believe.
    But I thank You, that I do believe
    That God changes people and God changes things.
    I pray for all my sisters and brothers.
    For each and every one of the family members
    In their households. I pray for peace, love, and joy
    in their homes; I pray that they are out of debt
    And that all their financial needs are met, and they have more than enough to be a blessing to others.
    I pray for every eye that reads and says this Prayer
    they come to know that there is no problem, no circumstance, no
    situation that is greater than God, for God is greater than all, God is
    greater in all, God is greater through all, and God is greater upon all.

    For God, the Most High God Almighty of all the Universes is truly the Greatest of All.

    I pray for all my enemies, and those who have used me and abused me,
    and have lifted up their hands and their tongue against me. I now
    forgive them for all they have done. In Jesus Name, all my enemies are
    now forgiven, and I pray God forgiveness upon all my enemies, for they
    do know what they are doing, for I am a Child of God.
    So every
    battle that I have ever encountered in my life is now in God’s Loving
    hands, for You, O God fights all my battles for me.
    I pray that these words be believed, received and accepted
    into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every tongue that confesses them
    in name of Jesus Christ, I pray believing, receiving and accepting God’s miracles in my life this
    day and every day, for God’s Divine favor is now my heritage, in Jesus Name. Amen and Amen! It is
    done! O’ Praise The Lord! Alleluia!

    God Bless You!! ! ! !
    Just repeat the phrase below and see how God moves!!

    God I so love you and I need you. I confess that Jesus is the Christ,
    the Son of the Living God, my Lord, my Savior, and my King, and I
    confess this day and every day that I am highly FAVORED by God and man.
    Please come into my life, Lord Jesus Christ and change my heart now!
    Let’s take this Prayer around the World.
    You will receive a miracle tomorrow.
    Don’t ignore this and God will bless you.
    Know that you are already blessed
    By the person who sent this to you.

    You never know how many people you will bring to the foot of the
    Cross because of you sending this e-mail out to as many people as
    possible, and God will say to you ‘Well Done’


    “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never
    did. When God takes something from your grasp, he’s not punishing you,
    but merely opening your hands to receive something better. The will of
    God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
    Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been
    waiting for to hear. Please repeat these 30 Words, ” Almighty Jesus
    Christ, my Everlasting Father, walk through my house and take away all
    my worries and illnesses, and please watch over and heal my family in
    Jesus name, Amen”. His prayer is so powerful. Pass this to other people.
    A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or
    financial blessings. Do not break or ask questions. This is a test. Does
    God come first in your life? If so, stop what you’re doing & send
    it to other people right now……Lets take this Prayer around the
    world…..And watch what God does for you.

    Don’t stand before God empty handed. Send this out to as many people
    as possible now, and let this be your ministry unto God who Brings
    Miracles in your life today and everyday.

  8. Hi Rita it is surely not God’s will for you to be jobless and not have your needs provided. He is faithful. The enemy is afraid of you because you believe in exposing the unfruitful works of darkness. He desires to keep you in fear; I pray that you have a job by now. I have been through a season of lack and not having a job and knows how it feels. Rita seek Jesus face and you will have what is in his hand. This is what I had to learn to do. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33. Jesus Loves You, he loves us more than we realize. May God bless you.

  9. I lost my job in March last year because I spoke up against corruption and bullying at work. Since then I’m jobless.

    I’m on my last $6, in huge bank debt which keeps increasing every month, unable to pay bills, unable to put food on the table, or look after my elderly parents anymore. There’s no unemployment support or anything like that where I live.

    I’ve tried so hard to find a good job, and have been praying many times a day for so long seeking his help to solve my problems. But it seems that even god has given up on me.

    I have done everything, tried everywhere, but all I face is rejection everytime.

    I am ashamed to face my parents. I’m lost.

    1. Rita,

      My name is Michael Lyttle. I posted late December about my wife of 38 years dying of stage 4 stomach cancer. I too believed God would heal her and He did. She passed away on Dec.28. Now I was hoping for a miraculous healing that would have given me more time with my wife but it didn’t happen that way. Why do I say He healed her; because she is no longer suffering and at home with Him.

      God doesn’t break promises or go against His own word. The problem is usually on our end. I think there is something more to believing that we don’t know. Christ said that if we just had a mustard seed of faith we could move mountains but how does one obtain a mustard seed of faith?

      I’ve come to the conclusion that our will and desires are superceded by God’s will and desires. He wanted my wife home with Him more than I. If I had a thousand years, I could never love or give to my beloved wife what God is giving her now so I have to put my affectionate selfishness of wanting my wife here and think unselfishly about what’s best for her, and that is being with the Lord.

      Rita, I know nothing about you or your walk with God. I can only speak for myself; my wife’s passing was a sifting to me. It changed me and I will be a better servant and person for the Lord. I came to realize much but I was also very willing to change. I used to be the type of prideful Christian that came up with excuses to defend my faults. Now, all I want to do is get rid of them. I surrendered my self to God and how He does these things is according to what He knows will work. I must and want to trust Him.

      Perhaps something similar is happening to you. Romans 8:28 reads that God works ALL things to work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose. He has a purpose for you just as He did for me. On bended knee, pour a humble heart out to Him. An open and contrite heart God will not despise. Ask Him what you can learn from all this that you may better serve Him.

      If you go to church and they know your situation and haven’t helped, then you need to find a new church. At the very least they should have you on a prayer list for your needs and spiritual well being. I will pray for you as well. May God forever bless you.

      1. Rita keep believing God, Michael beautiful testimony, Rita God work on his timing but he work. don’t be ashame face your fears and keep trusting and dont lose faith . Lord know i have been in your shoes and thought i would never come out.But God, now that i look back and say Wow it was you. Love you

  10. I’m living proof prayers come true. My daughter is my reason to believe in prayers. She finally came to me when I was 42 years old. After years and years of … what’s wrong with me? Why can’t I have a baby? I went to the doctors for tests. And, nothing seemed wrong. I kept praying and praying. On my knees begging. And after 22-24 years of wanting. She arrived! Shes my little angel and I can’t thank God enough.

  11. I am living in this right now. Fasting and praying and hanging on to God’s promise to be faithful.

  12. This is so difficult and takes such discipline to give everything over to God with complete faith. My wife and I are waiting to hear what stage cancer she has and as a human being it is so difficult to pray and then be still and and not worry or not be scared. It almost feels like I’m just sweeping it under the rug and not dealing with it. I pray but I need God or someone to show me how to give it over to him completely.

    1. My wife was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer around the same time as your wife. I have struggled with this as well, on my knees crying out to God to heal her. Fully aware of verses that state that whatever you ask believing you will receive, I finally asked God to help me with any doubt or unbelief that may exist. I’m flying out tomorrow to see my wife believing that I’m not going to see a wife who is dying but a wife who is going to live. The testimony, the glory to God, for the unbelievers who are there, and because God’s word is so true absolutely true.

      1. I am so sorry to hear about this. I too pray for God to take my doubt and my fear from me. When I feel the devil pressing me trying to make me fear, I come to God in prayer. Even if I’m at work sitting at my computer, I will get up walk away and find somewhere to pray. It has worked tremendously for me. I will include you and your wife in my prayers.

        May God bless you both

        1. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord took my beloved wife home on 12-28-17 around 7:16am. She went peacefully in her sleep forever to be with the Lord.

          1. Michael. I am so sorry. My love and prayers are with you both. God be with the both you. Take good care

      2. “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto Yahwah, and that they should praise the beauty of His holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise Yahwah, Praise Yahwah; for his mercy endureth for ever!” A kingdom besieged, a King who knew not what to do, but he had the good sense to place his singers and priests at the front of the army. And when the gates of the city were opened, and the army marched out, the battle was already won. 2 Chronicles 20:21

  13. I lost my job AT THE beginning of August and I’m currently looking for a job. I believe in God and I know I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without him. I pray and I pray but at time my Faith or belief goes away in the way of me trying to handle situations on my own I need to have faith in God and stand still and wait on Him. I have so much bills that’s due and I have no money coming in, I don’t know what to do! I pray to God that everything works out. I have to learn to stand still and wait on Him.

    1. Dear Dexmom,
      I read your post & my heart goes out to you.When you come close to God,the evil one comes & puts his thoughts in midst of your petitions to God.Don’t stop asking,never mind the plans of the evil one.Lord Jesus heard your prayers.He’ll fulfill your wishes.

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      Dex Mom – We love you and are praying for you. Find the scriptures on Favor on this site and speak them out. Build it into your heart. We love you. God is faithful. Rex

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