Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Confidence and faith is necessary in prayer! What and who should our confidence be in? Our confidence should be in God and in what he has promised in his Word.
Hebrews 10:35 (KJV)
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Prayer should be done in confidence in God and the promises found in his Word. This is why it is important that we know what the written Word says concerning our situations. We have a responsibility to find out and learn what the Word says about our personal situations. Once we have a Word concerning it. We are to read it out loud, believe it, meditate on it (think about, ponder, mutter, and imagine the Word). Until that Word becomes a part of us. Planted deeply within our hearts. Like seed that is planted in the ground that will eventually produce a harvest. We should take the scripture as it is God speaking to us directly from his Word.
His Word reveals his character, his desire and his will for us. For example, if God met the needs of someone in his written Word. It reveals his character as a God that will meet our needs as well. Once we learn the will of God that is revealEd through his written Word. Then it is our responsibility to mix faith with the promise of that Word. We mix faith with the written Word of God by believing it in our hearts, speaking it with our mouths and demonstrating that Word with corresponding actions of faith.
I love to use the woman with the issue of blood in the bible as an example of a person that put confidence in the Word of God. She believed it, spoke it and acted upon it and received a miracle.
The Word that she used was found in the book of Micah.
Malachi 4:2 King James Version
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
This Word reveals the healing power that the Sun of Righteousness has. She understood that the Sun of Righteousness was the Messiah which was Jesus.
At this time in the bible there was a Jewish garment that was worn that was called a tallit. At the bottom of the tallit are tassels that are also called "wings". Jesus wore a garment like this and it had tassels at the bottom of the garment. The tassels, or wings were also referred to as the "hem of his garment".
The woman with the issue of blood heard, believed, spoke and acted upon the Word in Malachi 4:2 by touching his garment and was healed.
King James Version
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Notice how she took the written Word and received a miracle through it. This is why it is so important to pray with great confidence and faith in the promises of the Word.
1 John 5:14-15 King James Version
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
God’s Word reveals his will. So therefore, when we pray the Word of God, we are praying the will God. And this will yield amazing and super natural result in our lives.
This evening at 7PM CST we will pray for our families. Find a Word from the Bible that addresses and speaks to what you desire God to do concerning and for your family. We will copy and paste these scriptures in the comments section on Facebook Live as we pray this evening.
Pastor Kenneth Hollins