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Faith in Prayers

James 5:15
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
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The prayer of faith spoken of by James is the prayer offered in line with the full belief of Who God is, of the attributes of His character, and in the knowledge that He does does desire to listen to our prayers and respond to them. They are prayers offered to God as He is described in the Bible. When we offer our prayers to this God, in the manner He has prescribed, that is, in His Will, we are offer a prayer of faith.

The prayers with the most meaning come from the heart. This is the heart that places its trust in the God of the Bible Who has spoken to us through the life of Jesus and the teachings of the Bible. Just as we may speak to God through our prayers and our actions, God spoke to us through His actions -- the sending of Jesus to earth as a man for the purpose of showing us God the Father and through the written Word.
John 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. NKJV
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. NKJV

Faith is the element of believing the Scriptures and knowing that the loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God of the Bible will hear our prayers and act upon them. Our inadequate knowledge of God, our persistent spiritual blindness, and our own inexperience may limit our prayer faith. The need for knowledge of God, for spiritual awareness, and for experience emphasize our need to establish a consistent prayer life and quiet time. It is during this time that we may study God&s Word, may develop a prayer life, and may learn to find God. This is how we develop the confidence we must have in our prayers.
1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. NKJV

Prayer presumes a belief in the personality of God. Prayer presumes a willingness on God's part to respond to us. This is faith.

 

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