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. Praying to God to give me the strength to walk away from this unhappy and unhealthy relationship I been in for over 5 years and every time I try to walk away on my own the devil tell me no and that I need my boyfriend in my life but deep inside I no I need to leave so God I’m asking you and believing in you to give me strength to walk away and start a new life with my beautiful girls and my grandkids…. Amen

    1. God has been dealing with me for a long time in James 2 having faith without deeds. I look the word up and deeds means action, belief and I read Hebrews 11 and received a deeper revelation reading the Hall of Faith- how they trusted God. Faith is hope! My prayer is God help me with my unbelief. I’m stepping out believing God is in control. God lead me to this section for more insight. Walk by faith and not by sight. Hallelujah!!!

  2. Yes Lord, let your will be done. God has a plan for all of us. Through the trials , God can make us stronger.

  3. Rex, you and everyone on this website are such an incredible blessing to all of us. You are shedding light on how faith works and how much God loves us.

  4. Jesus, by your will , not mine. I ask and receive your blessings in all areas of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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      Lynette – I have to be honest and direct. Your above prayer is not a believing prayer. Faith knows the will of God because it was previously resolved and received in seeking His word and His face. As one teacher once said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” Mark 11:23, 24 states clearly that you have to ‘know’ that you will receive when you pray to physically receive it later. And because of that faith is specific. How else can you know when you have received or not?

      The only way to know this is to hear from God Himself. That is why Romans 10:17 states that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ.” I put spoken in there because that is the meaning of the Greek word for ‘word’ in that verse. Not a general word like that which refers to the whole written word of God.

      Your statement above is one of submission and is beautiful but it is not faith. Faith requires taking that attitude of submission and seeking God’s will till the answer comes from Him, then you can stand on that spoken (and heard) word when the rains come, and they will come.

      The only reason I would mention this is because this is the whole reason for this site, to get this message out on how faith works, and to dispell the religious misunderstandings. We love you. Rex

  5. Your Comment * Thanks for your powerful teachings about prayer. I need a prayer for financial breakthrough to boost my bussiness, & for my bussiness to grow big.

  6. Manka, thank you for your witness with Amen to what Yahwah has done for me and my wife. Chris

  7. Lanka, thank you for your witness with Amen to what Yahwah has done for me and my wife. Chris

  8. I’m beginning to understand that I must have faith in my heart. I’m sitting here talking to the Father an He led me to this sight which helped me much. I’m going to meditate on Faith in my heart. I anticipate a feeling like a peace or something and I’m also going to include Believe in my meditation .

    I’m so renewed and excited for what Ya Is doing in my life. I’ve been on this journey with Him for 38 years and the last 3 year’s have truly been unexplainable. I feel like shouting right now but it’s 4:16a.m. lol.

    But no my life is changed forever just like when I received the Holy Spirit. But now it’s because of a book called Face To Face Appearances From Jesus. I’ll never be the same boreing Christian. There is so much more to learn. When I gave my life to CHRIST after many many years, I wondered why no one talked about Yahway, the Father? But now I talk about Him Iunderstand the Trinity I could go on and on thank you for your website, My Yahway continue to Bless you.

    1. I am concerned about the misrepresentation in the second part of Shadrach Meshach and Abednegos response to King Nebuchadnezzar, the” but if not” referred to: but if you don’t throw us in the fire, then let it be known to you we will not worship your image Etc, not any question of what God was going to do, they said can and will to that in the last verse. please send me your comments thank you and God bless

  9. When I felt frustrated and thought that God never answers, He taught me these to overcome the bad spirits in my mind:
    (1) Don’t set deadline. It thins your faith as time approaches a finite because the Lord is Infinite.
    (2) Don’t ask Him when. Let the Lord bring forth the desired outcome in His pleasure. If not we are testing the Lord.
    (3) Always remember the three temptations the devil failed in the desert. We live on Words of God. Never put our Lord to the test. Only serve our Lord, our Lord only.
    Amen. Much better now.

  10. Jesus .i believe i am about visualise what i pray and hope for. Give me strength and courage that I will not stop believing and praying till i see it happen.

  11. Lord.. I want to believe that what im praying will be answered.. its very hard especially when the opposite of what im praying for is happening. Please give me strength and dont let me lose faith and hope. I want to believe in your words that whatever it is we ask we shall receive. =(

  12. I agree with you Am also taking back all that the devil has taken from me. May God bless us and all those that need this prayer answered.Amen

  13. Thank you God for never leaving me in my darkest hour. I am so very grateful for what your doing in my life now and in the future. I’ve had a negative cloud over my life for many years. Right now as I write this letter it’s still surrounding me.,but today I take my authority back from the devil. I see your vision for my life finally. I will always praise you ad long as I got breath in me. So im thanking you for helping me with my illness and finances. Your servant RMc

  14. Thank you God for all the blessings you’ve bestowed upon me and all the generosity you continue to lavish in my life, health and faith. Thank you for this knowledge I’ve been blessed to have received and thank you for never leaving my side. You’ve always answered my prayers so thank you for this opportunity to more openly express my gratitude. God bless all as you’ve blessed me, Amen.

  15. Good is good.I love God So . God has been there for me so ManyTimes and he Will be there for you. God loves us all.

  16. Praying for comfort, hope and strength. Keep me uplifting oh Lord guide me so I may help others seek you in Jesus name. Keep my children oh Lord pleaseme with a better job and help me go back to school oh Lord…increase my finances and and guide me to our new home dear God help my relationship prosper oh Lord with Brandon in Jesus name Amen

  17. When all my hope, faith and strength are fading
    Father lift me up. Make me see your light

    Make me believe in you again dear god.

    Make me strong, give me your power to survive the
    Great storm, you are the only father we trust.
    Father I love you, I worship you and I praise you

  18. I Believe that God that provide me a safe car to drive. the one I am driving is falling apart. a safe home to live in and neighbor hood to live in. my finances .

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