Faith, a Requirement for Effective Prayer

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.

James 1:6-7

The best way to prevent something from happening is doubt that will happen. Many people have hopes and dreams that are never realized because they simply lack the conviction that they will reach them. Spiritually, many people prays for something that never receives. When this happens, those people blame God that He is not listening and that He has been abandoned them in the midst of dire need. The truth is we did not receive what we ask for because we ignore the motor that moves the hand of God is our faith, not our need.

In the Spanish language there is a word that for me is the symbol of the doubt. That word is “ojalá”, which is translated into English as hopefully, that word came from Arabic language and literally means “if God wanted.” According to the Dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, this interjection denotes a yearning for something to happen. However, the context in which Spanish spoken people use that word and its literal meaning indicates that they are not sure that something will happen but they want to let the uncertainty occupy a small place in their desire.

On the other hand, faith becomes the opposite of doubt. Says Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Since faith is the substance of things hoped for, there is no room to doubt that we will get what we expect. When we pray with faith, there is the wish for if our prayer is according to God’s will, undoubtedly He wants no matter what you’re asking.

We read in Hebrews 6:11-12: And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The fact that the answer to our prayers is not immediate does not mean that God did not listen. He can tell us that it is not the time yet or that He has a better plan for us. But if we ask what is in the plans of God and part of His promises, we must never doubt that will happen, not in our time but His, which is the perfect time.

Many people are driven by circumstances around them. I know it’s not very pleasant to live with water up to the neck; but believers walk by faith not by sight. Pray every day, convinced that we are talking with our Father in heaven, who is listening intently. Put all our faith in what we pray and we do not doubt for a moment. The lack of faith, which is equal to the presence of doubt, is what will prevent that prayer is heard and answered. If the answer tarry, all you need to do is wait for it. A Christian song says that when God is silent, it is because He is working. God bless you.


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