We are not to pray for faith. But rather we are to ask, seek, and knock on behalf of the specific answer we desire. In other words, we are to focus on the ‘things hoped for,’ and when the answer comes then faith comes. Faith is the ‘reality’ of things hoped for.
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Holman Christian
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The following is the first of many fun equations that, when taken as a whole, will make up the Mechanics of Faith. Faith is as much a science as the physical sciences.
Today we hear that 96% of the universe is filled with two unknown substances. For lack of better words they call these unknown materials ‘dark matter‘ and ‘dark energy.’ They don’t know exactly what they are but they know what they do –
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26 Likewise the Spirit helps our inabilities in prayer, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for our known words. 27 The Spirit searches our hearts and knows what our needs are. He also knows what is the mind of God, and because of this He can pray through us for all things according to the plan of God.
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There have been many things written on prayer. This is as is should be. For prayer is one of the most important activities of the believer. It is central to all that we are, and all that we are called to do. Yet after over 2000 years of study, we still know so very little about it. Why is this so?
If we wrote about baking a cake the same way we wrote about prayer,
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Knowing how to pray is 1% knowledge about prayer, and 99% having faith. If we have the faith, chances are good that we will speak it out correctly. Faith is the only active ingredient in prayer. Moving God’s hands is not about speaking the correct words, but rather in speaking faith words. The prayer itself is just the container by which a specific faith gets communicated to God in exchange for a specific desired hope.
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