When You Pray, You Must Believe!

by Rex Rouis

The Bible tells us that we are not just to pray, but rather to pray believing. If we are specifically told to believe when we pray, then it must be possible to pray and not believe. Not all prayer brings results. Only believing prayer moves God and receives from Him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:6, 7

All of the world’s religions exhort men to pray, but it is only the Bible that requires men to believe what they pray. This is the radical concept of the Bible – the requirement of actually trusting God. This was first exhibited in the Old Testament, and further developed in the New Testament – the absolute necessity for one to believe when one prays. Other religious systems are content with the motions of prayer, but the true Living God requires that we maintain a relationship with Him and that we trust Him.

Therefore, I say unto you, whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24

Believing takes the emphasis off of prayer itself, and puts the emphasis entirely on God Himself. It is all about Him and His faithfulness. The Bible does not teach is to rely on prayer alone. It teaches us to rely on Him. Only when we can fully rely on Him can we fully pray believing. We are to believe Him first, and then express that belief in prayer. The faith must be in the heart before the prayer comes out of the mouth.

But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Rom 10:8-10

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Comments 16

  1. Susan

    Jesus .i believe i am about visualise what i pray and hope for. Give me strength and courage that I will not stop believing and praying till i see it happen.

  2. Freya

    Lord.. I want to believe that what im praying will be answered.. its very hard especially when the opposite of what im praying for is happening. Please give me strength and dont let me lose faith and hope. I want to believe in your words that whatever it is we ask we shall receive. =(

  3. Angel

    I agree with you Am also taking back all that the devil has taken from me. May God bless us and all those that need this prayer answered.Amen

  4. Rosalind McGilvery

    Thank you God for never leaving me in my darkest hour. I am so very grateful for what your doing in my life now and in the future. I’ve had a negative cloud over my life for many years. Right now as I write this letter it’s still surrounding me.,but today I take my authority back from the devil. I see your vision for my life finally. I will always praise you ad long as I got breath in me. So im thanking you for helping me with my illness and finances. Your servant RMc

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  5. Emily Hope

    Thank you God for all the blessings you’ve bestowed upon me and all the generosity you continue to lavish in my life, health and faith. Thank you for this knowledge I’ve been blessed to have received and thank you for never leaving my side. You’ve always answered my prayers so thank you for this opportunity to more openly express my gratitude. God bless all as you’ve blessed me, Amen.

  6. Corean Mills

    Good is good.I love God So . God has been there for me so ManyTimes and he Will be there for you. God loves us all.

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  7. Katrina Patterson

    Praying for comfort, hope and strength. Keep me uplifting oh Lord guide me so I may help others seek you in Jesus name. Keep my children oh Lord pleaseme with a better job and help me go back to school oh Lord…increase my finances and and guide me to our new home dear God help my relationship prosper oh Lord with Brandon in Jesus name Amen

  8. feona........

    When all my hope, faith and strength are fading
    Father lift me up. Make me see your light

    Make me believe in you again dear god.

    Make me strong, give me your power to survive the
    Great storm, you are the only father we trust.
    Father I love you, I worship you and I praise you

  9. patricia

    I Believe that God that provide me a safe car to drive. the one I am driving is falling apart. a safe home to live in and neighbor hood to live in. my finances .

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