Spirit

Prayer and Faith

 Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.   In His cursing of the fig tree our Lord Jesus demonstrated His power. Following that he proceeded to declare, that large powers were committed to faith and prayer, not in order to kill but to make alive, not to blast but to bless.

The faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ’s ability to do and to do greatly is the faith which prays greatly. Thus the leper lay hold up on the power of Christ. “Lord if thou will,” he cried, “Thou canst make me clean.” In this instance we are shown how Faith centered in Christ’s ability to do, and how it secured the healing power.

Prayer does not stand alone. It is not an isolated duty and independent principle. It lives in association with other Christian duties, is wedded to other principles, is a partner with other graces. But to faith prayer is indissolubly joined. Faith gives it color and tone, shapes its character, and secures its results.

 

  1. M. Bounds

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