Pray in Faith

There was a five story building, in which a church occupied the fourth floor and a bar occupied the fifth floor. On Sunday, there was no conflict between two establishments during the day but the mood of peaceful coexistence was disrupted in the evening. The loud music from the bar was easily heard from the church at night and songs of praise or worship services no longer inspired people. Therefore, the pastor prayed intently that the bar will burn down. Exactly on the 25th day of his prayer, the bar was completely destroyed in fire while everything on the fourth floor remained unscathed. Soon after the incident, the bar owner filed a police report against the pastor of the church citing that the cause of the fire was the pastor’s prayer and the pastor was taken in for questioning. A police officer asked him, “Pastor, is it true that you caused the fire through your prayer?” The pastor replied, “Well. While it’s true that I prayed that the bar will burn down, I seriously doubt that the cause of the fire was my prayer.” The officer tilted his head side to side saying, “How ironic. The bar owner believes in the power of prayer and you don’t?” The police eventually wrapped up the case concluding that the fire would not have been caused by such a faithless pastor.

Jesus Christ teaches us that faithful prayers bring answers regardless of how great our problems may be: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”(Mark 11:24). Also, in the ninth chapter of Mark Jesus stresses the importance of faith-filled prayer. When the father of the demon-possessed boy implores Him, “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”, Jesus points out the father’s lack of faith and says, ““If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”” Jesus is telling the father to use the language of certainty instead of the language of tentative assumption.” Fortunately, the father does as he was told and says, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”(Mark 9:24). Jesus then drives out the evil spirit. Whereas the Lord did not perform a miracle in the absence of the absolute confession of faith, He instantly performed healing upon the father’s repentance and confession of faith.

In the absence of faith, healing is not likely to take place even if it is invoked by those who are blessed with the gift of healing. We often cast doubt in our hearts concerning God’s healing: “Can it really happen?” Doubtful believers cannot have their prayers answered: “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:6-8). We see in the sixth chapter of Mark that Jesus is rejected by the people of His hometown. As a result, He could not perform any miracles except for laying on of hands and healing a few sick people. The Bible says Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith (Mark 6:5-6). It is obvious in this passage that unbelief interferes with healing and miracles. Even the Son of God could not work wonders against people’s unbelief. Only the prayer offered in faith heals the sick and bring miracles (James 5:15).

What then is the source of our faith? It is not our human experiences, knowledge, or emotions. Nor is it people whom we see. Instead, it is God’s Word and promises. Praying in faith means to believe in the Word of God and pray. We take medicine believing that our ill body will be healed and restored. Should we not have more faith in God’s Word of Truth? Whenever I’m overwhelmed with physical sickness and fatigue, I declare, “By Jesus’ stripes, I’m healed” (Isaiah 53:5) and pray. Although I may be in hardship and trials, I affirm and declare that I have been redeemed from the cure of the law and received the blessing of Abraham” (Galatians 3:13-14). Faith in the end prevails. As we pray believing in the power of God’s word of promise, many works of wonder will manifest in our lives. Let us pray in faith.

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