Why One Action Will Help You Know Your Faith Is Real And Applying It Will Help Your Prayers Get Answers

Lately I can’t sleep. Have you ever had that problem? Actually for several months now I’ve tried different remedies all to no avail. It seems like nothing will help this problem. Is it a phase I’m going through?

What I’ve learned about myself, and maybe you have the same problem, is that I can’t shut my mind off! When I’m excited about something, or when something is on my mind…I think about it constantly. It’s like, until I get everything about it figured out or work it out in my mind…there is no rest for me.

Now…if I only had a couple of things to work out…no problem. But for me it seems like I’m passionate about everything I do. So everything is on my mind!

You know what else happens when I have something on my mind? I talk about it…a lot!

Even down to my hobbies. When I have a new whatever…It’s the continual topic of my conversations. It’s always on my mind…and it fills my words.

You’re probably wondering how all of this relates to faith…Well here it is:

When you really believe something big is about to happen in your life, you talk about it.

If you believe something down deep in your heart, that thing will start to consume your conversations. When what you’re praying about really starts to be what you believe…it will begin to take over your thoughts to the point that it’s what you talk about most.

In fact, let me tell you a secret:

You can always tell what kind of faith you have for your prayer, by the words you  speak about it.

Why? According to Jesus, our words proceed from our heart. Our words prove things about us that can’t be proven any other way. That includes proving the strength and validity of our faith. Your words will identify the fruit that your heart is producing.

The Action of talking about your prayer…talking about it with belief…talking about it with expectancy helps you to know whether or not your faith is weak or strong.

Word are the currency of faith. You spend your words on what you really believe.

How you speak in regard to your prayer is a clear indicator of your faith towards it. Your words reveal the sort of faith that lives in your heart.

Let me give you a couple of things that Jesus said about this:

Luke 6:43–45

43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

44  A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.

45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

What you say flows from what is in your heart…those are amazing words. If you put that one statement to use in your life…if you use it as the check point for your faith…it will help you so much to know whether or not you’re really believing what you say you’re believing.

Here’s the deal…Your words about your prayer will either help bring it about or they will kill it before it’s answered.

As it relates to our faith and our prayer…your words really do matter. In fact, speaking out the right words is a necessary step in your faith.

Here’s what to do:

1.) Make it a point everyday to talk about how God is going to answer your prayer. – Don’t use negative statements like, “well, He hasn’t answered yet!”. Something like that isn’t a faith statement. I’m not saying that you have to be positive polly either…It’s deeper than that. It’s using your words to affirm the faith that’s really in your heart.

Say things like:

  • I’m thanking God in advance that He is going to answer my prayer.
  • I believe God is just about to answer my prayer.
  • Won’t it be awesome when God….

Pepper your everyday conversations with faith. Season your words by choice. Allow your words to convey a spirit of faith.

Even if you don’t completely feel it…(Isn’t faith more than feelings anyway?) If you are struggling in your faith a little bit…choose to use words that contain the element of faith, it will start to convince you and make your faith solid.

2.) Encourage someone else by with your words – Lift up someone else who might be struggling in their faith or believing for an answer to their prayer. Scripture says that we reap what we sow. That’s an important principle to live by.

I believe applying these two simple things in your life will dramatically increase the potential of your prayer being answered!

Question: What are some faith building statements that you use? Help someone else by leaving a comment in the box below!

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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