February 23, 2014

Do You Have Now or Then faith?

Posted in Faith tagged , , , , , at 9:15 am by Lisa Ritchey

I was listening to Jesse Duplantis the other day.  I don’t remember what he was preaching on, but one of things he said really struck me.   Do you have a now or then kind of faith?

Very often almost all of us pray for something, but have no idea when it might happen.  That is not a Biblical prayer, it turns out.  Hebrews says, “NOW faith is…”[1]  Not someday, or next week, or if G-d ever happens to decide to do it.  NOW.  Today.  This minute.  This very second.

If it is truly faith whatever you are praying for you consider already done, because in the spirit realm, when you ask, it is.  When you pray, believe you receive[2] Jesus said.  Call it done.

Is that presumptuous?  Not according to Jesus.  The Bible calls that a prayer of faith.  

But how do you pray like that?  If I needed money for a bill, I would

  • Remind G-d that He is my provider[3], and that He said He will provided for all of my needs[3] , even this bill. (Quoting His Word back to Him  is called supplication.[4] )
  • Remind Him that His Word is true to all generations, even this one, and He is not capable of lying[5] ,
  • Then  go ahead and thank Him that it is done.[4]  
  • Just praise Him for a bit.  After all, He is worthy, is He not?
  • Now look at that bill and say that it is paid in full.  
  • Repeat as necessary until you see it manifest (that means happen in the “natural”).

The key to being able to pray a faith filled prayer is in the knowing that, like Daniel’s prayer request, it is done when you pray.[6]

But what happens if we pray like that?  Jesus said that when you pray, if you believe you receive, then you do.

It is just a fact of life that there are times when we are in situations that it is almost if not completely impossible for us to believe there even is an answer, much less that we will receive one.  Yep!  Been there, done that, and have several t-shirts.  So what do we do in that case?

Call a friend.  Literally.[7]  This is tag-team prayer.  When one of you needs a break in believing, the other team member covers for them.  Remember the man whose friends let him down through the roof of the building Jesus was preaching in?  (I like to call his friends faith, hope, and trust)  The Word says nothing about the sick man’s faith.  He very well may have argued about this and trying to stop them the whole way.  Faith said, “We just need to get him there to see this thing through!”  Hope said, “If we can just do this!”  and Trust said, “Come on, man.  It’s JESUS.  Of course He will!

It was not the man, but his friends and their faith that got him his answer.

And it works the same way today.

Are you going through something you are having a hard time believing the answer really will come?  Find a friend you can rely on.  If you don’t have anyone else, call on Jesus.  He is living to make intercession for you.[8]

He already died for you.   And you think He’ll say, “No” now!

Pro 18:24  … there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

And His name is  J E S U S.

Oh, how I love Him.  And He loves me.  And you.  Just exactly like you are.  Yes, He knows everything you have ever done: the good and the bad, but it doesn’t matter.  That only shows how much you need Him as your savior.

If you will accept this and ask Him to come into your heart and forgive you of all of your sins, He will say, “YES!”, and all the angelic beings in Heaven and on Earth will rejoice.  It is that easy.  And that sure to happen.

Trust me.  Trust Him.  He is worth it.  And so are you.

[1] Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

[2] Mar 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

[3] Phillipians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

[4] Philippians 4:6-7

(6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

(7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

[5] Psalms 100:5  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

[6] Daniel 10:12-13

(12) Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
(13) But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

[7] Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

[8] Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.


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