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What Is A Prayer Of Faith

When we pray for protection of our loved ones or ourselves to protect us from harm...most of the time God honors those prayers. But sometimes harm comes to us anyway. So, how do we always pray a prayer of faith when we know that God may or may not honor it?

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Hello,yes,Mary she was my heart, my grandmother was a beautifull person,yes,she spoil me,rotten,she was funny, too! I think she got taken advantage of alot,but I never saw her mean and bitter ha!ha! Except with her husband,my grandfather, he stayed in hot water! I think she was very jealous,he must have did something way back.She cried for years after he died,so,I guess she really loved him :) love of JESUS! ELENA
---ELENA on 10/24/12

Hi Elena, wow praise God for your grandmother! Grandparents can be soooo special, mine sure were. :) I didn't get to know my dad's mom but I was old enough to know my mom's parents and they were both gems! :) God bless you today, love and hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 10/24/12

Thankfull, for my grandmother she taught me how to pray! She told me, now your mother would kill me if she knew about me reading you this bible, but,you keep always a prayer no matter what, I want you to know how to get a prayer through!" Thankyou, sister Shira, the lord is so good! He is so loving,there are not enough words to say how good He is,you know I live alone,but Not alone ...because He is with me.bless you and all my CNT family,worldwide.Gratefull! ELENA
---ELENA on 10/24/12

elena, you are a prayer warrior. thanks for the prayers for people on christianet.
---shira4368 on 10/23/12

Christan, the analogy between Rebekah and Isaac is not mine. It's been a long standing one for many many years by very grounded bible teachers.

I believe Jesus gave another one in the Gospels.

22 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2 The kingdom of heaven is like (MEANING AN ANALOGY) unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

---8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
---kathr4453 on 10/21/12

kathr, first & foremost, I am not a Calvinist but a Christian. Just so happens that my believe falls close to Calvin's believe, does not make me his disciple.

Your analogy of your marriage acceptance, comparing it to salvation in Jesusis not even close to what the Holy Bible declares.

Here's why: God didn't make a "proposal" (and I challenge you to find the "proposal" in His Word) to mankind to repent and believe in His Son. He explicitly 'COMMANDED" mankind to repent and it's not even an option. See the great difference between your marriage analogy and God's command?

I rather you stop cooking these analogies of yours and teach what's in the Bible about Jesus Christ and not about your life.
---christan on 10/20/12

"HOW TO accept Jesus:Only believing in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for you can save you from sin." kathr

"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father." John 6:37,65

kathr, I find it IMPOSSIBLE to reconcile or even believe your "ACCEPT" theology said above when I compare what Christ has declared. And mind you, the quotes are from the Holy Bible and not from Calvin's writings. Where's yours from? Obviously not from Jesus. And if it's not from Christ, guess what...
---christan on 10/20/12

HOW TO accept Jesus:Only believing in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for you can save you from sin.

" God, I know that I have sinned against You and deserve punishment. But I believe Jesus Christ took the punishment I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I receive Your offer of forgiveness and place my trust in You for salvation. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior! Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgivenessthe gift of eternal life! Amen!

Now remember Christianity is a PERSON, not a RELIGION.

We don't accept RELIGION, we don't ACCEPT CALVIN's word for it, WE ACCEPT the Person of Jesus Christ.

So christian, why do you ACCEPT Calvinism? That won't save you!
---kathr4453 on 10/20/12

When my husband proposed, (that is before he was my husband) he offered me a life with him. I ACCEPTED his hand in marriage. He didn't force himself on me, or defile me, rape me and say..ok, now your my wife .

When I received him into my life the two of us became ONE.

God told Abraham to send his servant to find a wife for Isaac.

Genesis 24:8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

---kathr4453 on 10/20/12

"...I THINK we are 'on the same page'... Unless we accept JESUS AS SAVIOR" MEW

Far be from it, we're not even in the same book. Again, you keep saying "accept Jesus", which I cannot find in the teachings of the Holy Bible.

The Gospel of John 1:12 declares, "But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name".

According to Paul, "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". You interpret many verses as "choice specific", whereas I see them as "action specific". A great gulf exist between our understanding. "free-will" vs NO "free-will".
---christan on 10/19/12

christan. Remember I've explained before to you that we walk by faith, and by faith the body is dead because of sin (Rom 8:10). I've never said this physical is perfect, as you falsely allege.

But, as we're in Christ (righteous, holy, sanctified, perfected), what charge of 'sin' can be made against us? Rom 8:33 "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth"

So what charge of 'sin' can be made against we who are justified by God?
In Christ we've "ceased from sin", 1Pet 4:1, "cannot sin" 1John 3:9.
"HOW can we who are dead to sin, live in it any longer?" Rom 6:2
---Haz27 on 10/19/12

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Concerned,here new prayer by faith they will post,Father God,we come in faith for. RUTH,She has cancer,in need of your mighty healing power, be her doctor in this hour and be her nurse,be her mouthpiece if need. Arises, be her every present help over shallow,dangerous waters.
Keep her in the shadow of the most night GOD, 91:1
---ELENA on 10/19/12

Christan, let me hazard a guess....

...I THINK we are 'on the same page' and making the same point ("the work of God" 100%, sinner 0%")...meaning that ABSOLUTELY NO PART of salvation is or can be caused by us. Unless we accept JESUS AS SAVIOR, we are utterly HELPLESS as far as redemption to God....(We are...'poor schmucks/losers'....if you will).

As far as that goes, WE ARE "on the same page", but you seem to think we're not.

You are so intent on arguing AGAINST ME, that you don't seem to realize that we're actually saying the same thing (I THINK!...MAYBE!....perhaps?).
---more_excellent_way on 10/19/12

MEW, you use Scriptures out of context, always. Using John 6:28 and John 9:3 is incomplete of the truth as far as one believing in Christ is concerned. Here's why.

Christ was questioned by the "work-mongers of salvation" in John 6:28 and He immediately replied in verse 29, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent."

That is, believing in Christ whom the Father has sent, is "the work of God" 100%, sinner 0%. Confirmed by Paul in Romans 1:16, "for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" So long as you think it's up to the sinner to go to Christ by their own, you have a false gospel.
---christan on 10/19/12

The most intense "prayer" of trusting/"faith" that I can think of is to live as though JESUS did ALL that was necessary ("the works of God") for our COMPLETE salvation (make them "manifest" in our lives....make no efforts OF YOUR OWN to acheive divine GRACE).

John 6:28 "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?".....

John 9:3 "that the works of God might be made manifest in him".

Let HIS works/grace be sufficient (TRUST 'HIS WORKS' to be good enough,.....have NO FAITH in YOUR works/deeds to acheive divine favor and entrance into the city of God).

Your lifestyle is the most intense "prayer" not honor/worship Him with words/lips.
---more_excellent_way on 10/19/12

"As the physical is merely temporary and the spiritual is everlasting, clearly the spiritual is what scripture speaks of." Haz

So what do you do:

1. while you are still "temporary" in the flesh whenever you commit a sin? Or do you sin at all, now that you say you're a Christian?

2. do you just continue to sin without a care in the world, afterall you claim "Jesus setting us free from sin"?

3. is there any need for you to repent whenever you sin, or there's no need to since you are "sinless"?

Please enlighten us with your theology that we may learn and understand.
---christan on 10/19/12

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"1. You claim you're still in your sins in spite of Jesus setting us free from sin. 2. Why don't you see yourself as a new creation in Christ (if thats what your saying)?" Haz

I will answer point 2 first: The "new creation" points to the regeneration of the spirit man (which was once "dead in sins and trespasses") and not the fleshly man. The problem with you is that you cannot divide what the "new creation" is referring to. Hence you have this preconceive idea that you have become sinless in the flesh.

Now, if you cannot understand point 2, it's POINT-less to even discuss your point 1.

See the POINT?
---christan on 10/18/12

Mark V. Remember scripture is SPIRITUALLY discerned, 1Cor 2:14
Mankind was spiritually sick and we were spiritually healed. Why do you think Isa 53:5 says "by his stripes we ARE healed"? NOTE also 1Pet 2:24.
As the physical is merely temporary and the spiritual is everlasting, clearly the spiritual is what scripture speaks of.

BUT, to try to read James 5:15 in physical terms loses the SPIRITUAL context of scripture and denies 1Cor 2:14 that scripture is spiritually discerned..

Here's another example. How do you understand 1Cor 6:18? Spiritually or physically?
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body"
---Haz27 on 10/19/12

Haz, how in all the world do you connect (James 5:15) with being born of the Spirit. The passage is talking about people suffering. And others praying for the person sick. The prayer offered on their behalf by the elders to deliver them from their suffering because they have been weaken by their infirmity, not from their sin, which was confessed. You don't know what you are talking about. You have no argument to present. Read the context.
---Mark_V. on 10/18/12

christan: James 5:15 says: " the Lord will raise him up".

You're claim that I differ from what I originally quoted is purely based on your doctrine, not mine.

You claim you're still in your sins in spite of Jesus setting us free from sin. You even say we're still under the law, in spite of God saying otherwise.

2Cor 5:17 "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new"

Why don't you see yourself as a new creation in Christ (if thats what your saying)?
---Haz27 on 10/18/12

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"And once we become Christians God raises us up a new creation." Haz

Your cart is always before the horse.

If one can become a Christian outside of God's will, meaning you have raised yourself from being "dead in sins and trespasses", what need is there for God to make you a "new creation"? By virtue of you raising yourself from the "dead" means you have become a "new creation", isn't it?

Doesn't this goes against Matthew 19:25,26, "Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible,", but for Haz it's possible. Wow!
---christan on 10/18/12

Hello,Mary you are a precious Soul the lord has so,much me and you just dream about, but God power is real, and yes,been reading your bloggs, ,Mary I too,need friends, many seniours are like myself in their homes.I feel blessed CNT.Have known maybe 7 couples move out to west,your state ado well, hard to make friends there. ?? Here people are just depressed,many fofeclosures, didificulties for this people get discourage, but God will bless
.hold of JESUS
---ELENA on 10/18/12

Hi Elena :) You definitely have my prayers hon, I really adore and respect you, you are a gem and I pray your rewards in Heaven will be just awesome for all the good you do here! Love and hugs, Mary PS--keep up the good fight, girlfriend! :)
---Mary on 10/17/12

Hello,Mary have a faith prayer! would so, appreciate you pray for me,God give me health ,strength help anyone with serious chronic disease , cancer/aids,

Donate music & christian songs(my own songs ) donate for charity . hope get this done,no monies for will cheer people in times of stress by faith, I am going to succeed.The lord been there for me,through the gift of playing and write songs. keep it simple.Ask God's healing, no money,glitz or fame. I want to give back something God gave me when first went through terrible depression.Believe me, strange but,not just me,I have seen wonderfull things come out of a bad situation. Love of God shines through ... thankyou, my friend. Love agape, ELENA
---ELENA on 10/17/12

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When reading the question, 1 John 5:14-15 come to mind first, then in thinking about "protection form harm", consider 1 John 5:18-20 in various versions. Interesting to compare.

Of coarse one also needs to consider what sort of "harm" the poster or scripture refers to, whether natural or spiritual.
---Chria9396 on 10/16/12

We see the "prayer of faith" spoken of in James 5:15.
"the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up".

The "sick" spoken of here are the unsaved. They are spiritually sick. And, as Isa 53:5 says, "by his stripes we are healed".
And once we become Christians God raises us up a new creation.

The prayer of faith is described in Romans 10:9
"if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved"

With this prayer the "sick" (lost) are healed (saved) and raised up a new creation.
---Haz27 on 10/16/12

Beloved, family Got to say this. We live in a bad time,my trust is time I. have these talks with God, me and I felt in my spirit,I said Lord no matter what it looks like situation,I got to stay with the Lord, he wants us to be for real Sometimes. We got to be broken so He can ReNew a right spirit, attitude. Or what. He want of Ps.51 love of JESUS
---ELENA on 10/16/12

"This is true intercessory prayer and you can expect an affirmative answer because it is not God's will that any should perish!!!" mima

And yet on Judgement Day, MULTITUDES will be cast into the Lake of Fire! So then, did God Almighty failed in His mission "that any should perish" as you understand it?

Such is your erroneous understanding that God Almighty wants to save "everyone" and yet there are multitudes who will perish. So, who's will is that? The man's will or God's will? Jesus gave us an answer in the Lord's prayer:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
---christan on 10/16/12

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A prayer of faith is one that puts their faith and trust in God's will alone. Not on our will. The person trustes God to do the right thing. What might be right for God might not be what we consider right for us. Since God is Sovereign and Omnipotent, He could answer every single prayer, but man is selfish many times, and wants what he desires and it might not be what God desires for us. Many times He allows us to suffer, all we have to do is read Scripture how the disciples suffered. Some were behead or stoned to death. Yet God permitted it to happen. I'm sure they all prayed, but trusted in the will of God.
---Mark_V. on 10/16/12

So, how do we always pray a prayer of faith when we know that God may or may not honor it?
---Dawn on 12/2/09
I think harm coming to humans even to those who pray in faith is not a result of God not honoring that prayer, but rather the results of living in a sinful world
---francis on 10/15/12

Hello,please know that forgive maybe it the way she wrote it,...I find myself ..
WE talk about God here,she wants a "football tan suerte" sure to win or like people she they betting, myself. Realize it this way to me either you trust God or do like the.unbelivers...she probably not mean but it looks like people, 'hear on the radio,what team winning? I feel those who trusthat what trust. Is you don't. LOOK down at a chair, you trust. Ok? That a chair. I am going. To sit down.
He wanted us him.

Either we trust or just...ow! Thankyou. I apologize just a little put back..the owner who wrote this.
---ELENA on 10/15/12

The other thing with the prayer of faith is that we must know that, even if we pray for protection, we may get the protection that we need more - protection of our salvation. If God knows that, by giving us healing, we will/may be too tempted later in life, He may decide to allow us to die now, for our own good. We can pray for many things, but it may not (even if we do pray selflessly) be the best thing for the person we pray for
---peter3594 on 3/12/10

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Concerning a prayer of FAITH, I would like to issue a CHALLENGE to all my fellow bloggers.
The challenge concerns you're picking out one individual(anyone lost person of your choice) and commit to praying for that individual's salvation. Asked the Lord Jesus Christ to send ministering spirits to their spirits(the person you have chosen) and standby for affirmative results. This is true intercessory prayer and you can expect an affirmative answer because it is not God's will that any should perish!!!
---mima on 3/3/10

I completely agree 100% with Mima, Donna, and Leslie on this.
When we ask, it has to be with FULL trust in God, and it must line up with HIS word too.
If not, he can say no if he wants to.
I think we can hinder ourselves when we don't pray with full confidence in the Lord, too.
We also should be careful about our motives when we pray about something. Is it a selfish thing or not.
We should check ourselves when we pray for something and make sure the right motives are behind it.
---miche3754 on 3/3/10

Leslie --- I totally agree.
Asking according to HIS WILL, that's the sticking point. God's promises are primarily spiritual, but some will mold the Word to fit whatever they want.

Jn 10:10 "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." does not promise whatevr the Christian wants.

If you think abundant life includes a "Harley" or a designer purse, neither of which are sinful according to the Word, don't count on God to agree.
...especially if you already have a lot of credit card debt. If there is a certain guy/girl that you "can't live without" God might disagree. God keeps His promises, but He usually decides the specifics.
---Donna66 on 3/2/10

Donna66 - You are correct on this to an extent. God is God and can say "no" to our requests (especially if it will become an idol or is asked for in wrong motive), however, the Bible says that if you ask for ANYTHING according to HIS WILL a.k.a. WORD (Bible) it WILL be done for you (1 John 5:14-15). The Bible also says that His answers are ALWAYS "yes" and "amen" for those that ask according to HIS WORD (Bible) (2 Corinthians 1:20). So this shows that God will answer YES to ANYTHING that is in line with the Bible - if it is NOT in line with the Bible than yes He can say "no". Since it says these things in the Bible, God can NOT go against His Word (Bible) - He ALWAYS honors His Word (Bible).
---Leslie on 3/1/10

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A persons prayer of faith is necessarily limited by that individual's belief in or trust of the Lord. This limitation also is formed by our knowledge or recognition of the attributes of God. In other words, do we believe God can answer the prayer we are making? Interestingly enough new believers are many times given lead way in this matter of limitation.
---mima on 3/1/10

God has promised that his Word will not return to him void but will accomplish what he says it will.(Is.55:11)
---Fay on 3/1/10

leslie -- Doesn't God have a right to say "no" anytime He chooses? He is God, after all. He is gracious to answer our prayers, but we are not in a position to
demand anything from Him.
---Donna66 on 2/28/10

I wanted to clearify my 1st response by saying that the prayer of faith ONLY works when you have the scripture(s) from the Bible to back up your prayer, otherwise you are just praying a wish list. For example, if you are praying and believing for a new Mercedies (car), then you better have a scripture to back up what you are praying for. If you are praying and believing to get healed, you better know the scriptures to back up your prayer. God is ONLY abiliged to answer His Word. If it is NOT in His Word, then He has the right to say "no" to it.
---Leslie on 2/27/10

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1st the prayer of faith does not work for others that are not in line with God's Word (Bible). 2nd faith ALWAYS says "It's mine", and allows us to walk in perfect peace and rest - or it is NOT faith. 3rd faith can ONLY come where the Word of God is known, or it is just foolish persumption. 4th faith causes us to act (put in work), and sees the answers BEFORE they come (has prophetic foresight). God's answers to prayer are ALWAYS yes, and amen - they may not come in our timing, or in the package we want them to come in. This is what the prayer of faith is all about.
---Leslie on 2/26/10

Catherine, I do believe many think that if they come to Christ everything will be great. It will be great as far as our spiritual life, no guarantee for our physical life.
Jesus will protect us from falling completely. " that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God who is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Cor. 1:7-9).
---MarkV. on 2/26/10

Here is my amswer: God will protect His own people. In that, He will keep us, so we don't end up in hell. He never promises His people that they will not suffer. Infact, God tells us that we will suffer because of Him.
---catherine on 2/22/10

Sister Fay, there is no disrespect I assure you. You have every right to state what you believe. I disagree, because many times we don't know how to pray and the Spirit prays for us. We have a habit of been selfish many times and pray selfishly. But that is my opinion on things I have read in Scripture. Our faith is that we will depend on God's decision no matter what.
---MarkV. on 2/22/10

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Mark, I don't mean any disrespect but I believe you are wrong. I believe the Word is full of information to assure us we are praying according to His Will. After all, it is our guidebook for life.
---Fay on 2/19/10

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Brethren, The Lord's Ways & Thoughts are Higher than ours, and we may not always Understand, but knowing that He's using all things for the Good of those who Love Him, we look upon the tribulations of His Chastens with Hope that it will work Patience, and Patience, Experience, and Experience, more Hope : so that through Hope we may be perfected in Faith, wanting nothing. Rom.5:3:4 ~ 8:24

God always Honors His Word, and we're able to always pray a prayer of Faith b/c we keep Hope in His Word never returning to Him Void !!!

--- Dawn :

Sister, Remember that when you pray, whosoever doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of Faith : for whatsoever is not of Faith is sin.
---Shawn.M.T. on 2/15/10

Ever had the experience of knowing your prayer was answered while still praying? If so, you were praying a prayer of faith. A prayer of faith has the following behind it. First it is a prayer that agrees with God's will, next it is a prayer that you believe will be affirmatively answered.
---mima on 2/15/10

Fay, the passage you gave is a very good passage. "Whatever things you ask when you pray"
This places no limits on a believers prayers, as long as they are according to God's will and purpose. This therefore means that man's faith and prayer are not inconsistent with God's sovereignty. And it is not the believers responsibility to figure out how that can be true, but simply to be faithful and obedient to the clear teaching on prayer, as Jesus gives it in this passage.
---MarkV. on 2/15/10

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Mark 11:24, key word, when
---Fay on 2/14/10

If harm comes to you (as it will to everyone on earth at sometime, Christian or not), AND if you survive it, God has protected you. God has answered your prayer for protection. Don't foolishly assume that you can be immune from anything hurtful. Exercise sensible caution, always.

This may not sound comforting, but know this:
God will shelter you from more than you imagine. Who knows how many times we've been saved from a fatal accicdent by only a few moments, but we never even knew it! Often, we see the danger actually, even miraculously, dissapate before our eyes.

FEAR is a natural fleshly thing. Our FAITH should be that, come what may, we will always triumph though Christ Jesus our Lord.
---Donna66 on 2/10/10

It's not about God not honoring your prayer for protection.It's about praying"God's will not ours".
This age-with its evil-is will pass.

Rom 8[all of it]
vs15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear,but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,whereby we cry,Abba,Father

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,to them who are the called according to His purpose.

For I am persuaded,that neither death,nor life,nor angels,nor principalities,nor powers,nor things present,nor things to come,Nor height,nor depth,nor any other creature,shall be able to separate us from the love of God,which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
---char on 2/8/10

MarkV - I believe we should at all times seek the guidance of His Holy Spirit when we pray for "the Spirit "helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words". Romans 8:26

Also Eph 6:18 tells us to pray in the Spirit -

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,
---Lee1538 on 12/19/09

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Dawn, the question of prayer is a very complicated one. First of all God is in control of all things. The particulars involve are so many for God. First, there is sin. He has not done away with sin. So sin continues to work in our lives. And then there is many people involve when we ask for a prayer. If God was to honor every prayer, it would effect someone else that God might be already working to bring to Christ. One person could pray to win a game, but so would another person on the opposite side. Most of our prayers are selfish. God knows that, because He knows everything.
Prayer of faith is that we confide in God for the right answer. prayer also keeps us close to God. Prayer also gives us hope. Strengthens Christ in our hearts.
---MarkV. on 12/19/09

Can be difficult. Must grow in Him. Whatever God does is for His own purpose, not ours, my friend. By the way, God always honors the prayers of His people.
---Catherine on 12/18/09

Some have experienced the answer to a prayer before they could finish the prayer. Before they could actually get up off of their knees the answer to the prayer was received. Not in the physical but in the spiritual knowledge category.

These prayers were not necessarily faith prayers. More on the order of casual prayer. Yet these prayers produced astounding results.

Let us remember when praying that God is absolutely sovereign!!!!
---mima on 12/18/09

"So, how do we always pray a prayer of faith when we know that God may or may not honor it?"
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything 'according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." 1Jo 5:14,15
"What Is A Prayer Of Faith"
One that you believe (patiently, without doubt or wavering) you receive when you pray.
In the words of Jesus. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them]." Mar 11:24
"God [is] not a man, that He should lie,.. Has He said, and will He not do? Num 23:19
---josef on 12/18/09

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Dawn, a prayer of faith is not a prayer that you will get what you want. A prayer of faith, is that you put your faith in God. Regardless of what the outcome will be. Your faith is in His decision. For He knows what is good or right for any situation. It is not a prayer of faith that something you ask will come true. But a prayer in the faith you have in God. That is who we are, depending on God for everything that He wants to bestow on any of us.
---MarkV. on 12/6/09

Donna //So, how do we always pray a prayer of faith when we know that God may or may not honor it?

I believe we need to heed the command found in Scripture to pray irregardless what our own intellect will tell us -

Eph 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

If the Lord hears your prayer, the answer will be yes, no, or simply wait. And of course, take advantage of the fact that those in the church can also intercede with their prayers. James 5:16
---Lee1538 on 12/5/09

So, how do we always pray a prayer of faith when we know that God may or may not honor it?
I would think this is a question that only Father God can really reveal His Heart and Mind to us.
How do we know any prayers God will answer? Is it according to His will, then First John tells us "He hears us." But God won't go against a person's will, and what if that person isn't saved yet? Does He intervene in that person's life anyway? Who knows the heart and mind of God but the Spirit of God? How are we to know what prayers God will answer? It's all according to HIS will, not ours. It's not Our will, but His will.
---Donna on 12/4/09

when we ask for protection, we have to do our part too. we should have good judgement & wisdom to avoid harm.
luke 18:35-42 (v 42-jesus said to him 'receive your sight your FAITH has healed you.
the blind man had faith but those around him rebuke him to be quiet. the blind man had good judgement to cry out for healing.
most of the time we are told to obey, but those who tell us to obey lack knowledge & understanding so the result is we miss the blessings or protection when we obey stupid teachings.
---jim on 12/3/09

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When you pray a prayer of faith, you have to believe that God is going to answer your prayer. You can not have an ounce of doubt in your mind!! (Please I mean no disrespect to you when I say this). By saying when we know that God may or may not answer our prayer, you are not praying in faith. You must not have any doubt in your mind that God answers your prayers NO DOUBT! No matter what it looks like. Faith comes from with in. Saying that God may or may not is leaving the door open for the devil not God. Faith is belief beyond belief no matter what it looks like. You have to call things as if they were even though they are not and believe with all your heart that God will answer your prayer.
---Bee on 12/3/09

In the world you all WILL HAVE tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. For greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
---Eloy on 12/3/09


~When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word,
what a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way,
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet, we will sit at His feet,
or we'll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go,
never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way,
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey...
---Eloy on 12/3/09

Big question. God never fails to answer a prayer of faith the problem is we are not always praying a prayer of faith. O we think we are but we are not. A pray of faith must be the will of God. Our advocate before the father will not take a prayer that is not of faith(not in the will of the father) before the father.

Study these verses from first John,
"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."

Noticed the prayer must be in God will before we can be heard. If it is in God's will it is automatically a prayer of faith.
---mima on 12/3/09

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Dawn,I've pondered why when we pray protection over others does something bad happen anyway. I think we must look at the whole picture because when it may seem our prayers failed in truth something worse may have happened to them if we hadn't prayed over them. IT is sometimes hard to factor in the fact that human beings do have free will and we cannot take that away even with a prayer since God doesn't over ride free will. Human beings hurt human beings. For example an injury could be of the type which has killed people before but this person was hurt but not killed. God can answer our prayers to keep us from destruction even when it seems he hasn't,he was still on the job for us.
---Darlene_1 on 12/2/09

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