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Faith is the Launch Pad of Prayer

“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. Why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 (Message)

We see from this passage that faith actually precedes prayer. Why? Because you will not earnestly and diligently seek Him in prayer unless you believe that God really exists and you believe He cares enough to respond to your needs.

Now the reverse is also true. If your prayer life is non-existent, what does it reveal about your faith in God? We may profess our deep and abiding faith in Christ but our prayer life will always reveal whether our profession is true.

Understanding the Nature of Faith

Sometimes when we talk of men and women of great faith, the average person simply “checks out.” What comes to their mind is a spiritual superhero with a big “S” on their chest and a long cape! We often feel like spiritual wimps who simply are overmatched by the call to have faith in God. We mistakenly think faith necessarily signifies strength, OUR strength. Faith is something I must muster.

Let me share a story that highlights, what I believe to be, a more biblical understanding of faith:

“A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: ‘Rising early one morning I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, that its race was well-nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength. So it is when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God.” (Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer, p.9)

What a powerful picture of biblical faith. Faith is not about YOUR strong ability to trust God. Rather it is the recognition of MY weakness and my desperate need for God’s strength. The paradox is that those strongest in faith are those who are painfully aware of their on weakness. The proud and self-sufficient do not pray. The humble and weak are regulars at the bar of prayer.

Our eyes should be taken off self, removed from focusing upon own weakness and allowed to rest securely upon God’s strength.

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