Have you ever struggled to pray?
What if I told you that I could give you a way to get more of your prayers answered? What if there was a way to view prayer that would make it seem easier? Is that something that you’d be interested in? Understanding this simple little idea is something that will change the way you pray…and it will change how you view prayer.
I know that it did for me.
There have been so many times in my life that I’ve prayed, just wishing that God would look down at that moment and have grace…that He would just answer my prayer right then. I’m sure you’ve felt that way too.
And just so we’re clear…many believers look down on you if you say something about having trouble praying. It’s like they’re putting out the message of “I’m a perfect pray(er)” or something.
But I’ve got some good news…Believers who live in the real world, with real problems, and real troubles understand that prayer is real work!
One of the things I remember most about the church where I grew up, was a sign that hung just to the right side of the pulpit on the back wall. It said, “prayer changes things”.
And what I believe about you, is that you know that…real prayer requires real work to really change things! Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
With that being said, I want to introduce this simple little idea:
Real faith happens in steps…if you leave out a step, you decrease your chance of God answering your prayer.
The fact is…God doesn’t answer every prayer…He answers the prayers that are spoken in faith.
God has compassion for your needs.
God has concern for your needs.
But God is moved to action by your faith.
So if God is moved by your faith…and if real faith is not just one thing; but a series of steps…then what you really need to know are those steps.
I’m going to give you what I believe through experience are the five most important steps of real faith.
- Real faith has hope.
- Real faith asks.
- Real faith prepares
- Real faith speaks.
- Real faith doesn’t quit.
Over the next five weeks I’m going to break down these “steps of faith” individually. I hope you’ll join me…and invite some friends to read as well.
Now…let me give you a couple of simple takeaways that you can start on today.
These need to have some context from the Bible.
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”
6 The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!
What they really wanted was for their faith to be more effective…that’s the same thing that you want too! Jesus completely crushes their notion of faith and even implies that they might not have faith at all! What Jesus is doing is to show them that it’s not the amount of faith that matters…but it’s the right kind of faith.
You can clearly see all five of these “steps of faith” in the personal story of almost every Bible hero…
There are two things that you can do right now to get your faith on track:
Be clear about your faith goal.
- Know what it is that you want God to do.
- Jesus points to something specific (a mulberry tree)
- He tells the disciples exactly what to say to it.
- Pray specifically about your specific need.
View faith as a process.
- Faith follows a path.
- Your answer is going to follow a path too.
- It may take time to work out the details of your answer to prayer.
- But God is ON IT!!
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