Faith is the air we breathe. Faith is our hallmark. For the Christian, faith is the lifestyle that we live. Faith is what ushered us into the Kingdom of God (Romans 10:9-10). In studying my favorite subject (faith) yesterday, I believe God revealed a new perspective on faith to me that I’d like to share with you here today.
God Empowers His Children
When I became a Christian back in 1983, I devoured the scriptures. My early Christian years were some of the most exciting times of my life. But prior to becoming a Christian, one of the things that kept me away from God and away from Christianity was the idea that we as humans had very little control over our lives. My way of thinking (pre-salvation) was that whatever was going to happen would happen so why should I put much effort into life in general.
When I learned that I could pray and have some influence over the things that took place in my life, I literally ran to the alter to give my life over to the Lord.
When I learned that God has given us the power over our enemy (Luke 10:19) I was blown away. The knowledge that I could pray and have some influence over the things that took place in my life (1 John 5:14-15) I literally ran to the alter to give my life over to the Lord.
Clothed in my new lifestyle of faith, I eagerly sat at the feet of Jesus and began to learn how to live this new lifestyle. I began to put prayer to work in my life and I began to see results happen in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. The key to seeing the finished works of Jesus Christ come alive in my life was constant meditation in God’s Word (Joshua 1:8).
Faith in the Credibility of God’s Word
As I studied yesterday, God shared with me that while meditation in God’s Word concerning the answers we seek is key to all manifestation of answered prayer, I wasn’t taking the time to solidify the credibility of God’s Word in my heart first, before launching out in prayer.
By meditating on the reliability of God’s Word and securing in my heart the fact that God’s Word is solid, secure and will never change, I can reduce the time it takes to see answered prayer in my life.
For example, when I first got married, the doctors told my wife and I that we wouldn’t be able to have children. Although we accepted these facts as explained to us by the doctor, we refused to accept this as truth for our lives. My wife and I found the truth of God’s Word regarding our situation (Gen 1:28) and launched out on our prayer journey toward starting a family. It took us 5 years to see that prayer answered in our first child.
Although we grew in faith along the way, there were times during our 5 year exercise of patience that my wife and I struggled with the credibility of God’s Word, which only prolonged the manifestation of the answer to our prayer.
It’s Difficult to Believe a Promise when Credibility of the source is Doubted
If Bill Gates told you that he would pay your child’s college tuition, no doubt you would rejoice. You would rejoice because:
- He’s Bill Gates, therefore you know he has the ability to do what he said.
- He’s relieving you of a sizable financial obligation.
- You’re thankful for such a generous gift
Now at this point you could go on believing the words of Bill Gates with the hope that he is a man of his word, and no doubt he is. But the fact of the matter is that you don’t know the man’s heart. You know that he has the ability to do what he said he will do. You may even know that he’s done it for others in the past. But until you take the time to get to know the man himself, all you have to go on is the hope that he will keep his word to you.
Your faith in the word of Bill Gates would be much more substantial if you had fellowshipped with him to the point that you knew his heart and the bond you’ve developed with him over time has assured you that he is a man of his word.
So with that being said, I’d like to encourage you to incorporate scriptures that deal with the credibility of God’s Word into your daily prayer time. If you’re already in the process of believing God for an answer to prayer, meditating on the following scriptures along with the foundational scriptures related to the answer to your prayer will only strengthen your faith in the area you’re believing God in.
God’s Word is sure and Steadfast
Psalm 89:34 – My covenant I will not break,
Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. (NKJV)
Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)
Hebrews 1:3 – 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself[a] purged our[b] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (NKJV)
Psalms 119:89 – Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven. (NKJV)
Malachi 3:6 – For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (NKJV)
Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (NKJV)
The Exalted Name of Jesus
Philippians 2:9-11 – 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God has elevated His Word even above His Name
Psalm 138:2 – I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your loving kindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (NKJV)
There is nothing more dependable than God’s Word
As you enter your prayer closet, take with you the faith to believe that all things are possible (Mark 9:23), but also spend time meditating on the faithfulness of God’s Word knowing that prayer build on the rock of God’s Word will surely come to pass.