It was James that declared in James 5:13-15, ‘Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him’
The fate of the sick is determined by the prayer of faith! Sometimes as believers we allow the standard of the world to override the power of God! This is why Isaiah the prophet warned about not saying a confederacy and not allowing the standard of the world to limit the power of God. How many times have we seen sick believers leaving their fate just in the hands of doctors? However, the scripture tells us the fate of the sick is determined by the faith of the sick. Jesus said, 'If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth'(Mark 9:23)
And it is not just the fate of the sick that hangs on the balance of faith Habakkuk 2:4 tells us that our whole experience as believers is determined by the quality of our faith, 'for the just shall live by his faith'. In this kingdom, all of Gods blessings are faith conditioned! This was what Jesus pointed out in Mark 9:23, 'if thou canst believe all things are possible to him that believeth' . But much more in Mark 11:23-25, he went further by teaching the disciples how to pray the prayer of faith!
"And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them"
Faith is not a New Testament phenomenon; it has always been the basis for the transmission of Gods power and blessings to humanity! Through faith, humanity connects with the ability of divinity! And David through his Psalms prayed the prayer of faith!
From verse 22 Jesus told the disciples what is needed to operate like God: have faith! Then in verse 23, he expounds to them the power of faith, what faith can do which includes moving mountains! And moving on to verse 24 he gave an analysis of how we put our faith to work: by praying the prayer of faith! And the prayer of faith begins with a desire which is declared in prayer and then the faith comes in, YOU MUST BELIEVE YOU HAVE IT BEFORE YOU HAVE IT! This was Jesus pattern!
But long before Jesus came, we had David who knew one or two things about praying the prayer of faith! Faith is not a New Testament phenomenon; it has always been the basis for the transmission of Gods power and blessings to humanity! Through faith, humanity connects with the ability of divinity! And David through his Psalms prayed the prayer of faith!
1 John 5:14 define for us again what the prayer of faith is, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us". The prayer of faith has confidence in the delivery of answers even before the answer is delivered! This was the prayer Jesus prayed in John 11, he thanked the Lord because he knew that he has already been heard even before he prayed! And this is what you will see in the Psalms of David.
Let's start with Psalm 4:1-3 and here the Psalmist prayed, "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him". In verses 1-2 we see David expressed his desires unto God and then in verse 3 he affirmed his confidence in the God that answers prayers, he declared for anyone who cares to listen, 'the Lord will hear when I call unto him'. It is this kind of confidence that provokes the hand of God!
If you further read in Psalms 6 you will see the same pattern of the prayers of faith repeated. From verse 1-8 the Psalmist tendered before God his prayers and supplication.
‘O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? 4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.’
And then right at the end of the chapter in verse 9 the Psalmist declared in faith, "The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer"! Hallelujah! When our assurance is in God we cannot be overridden by the circumstances in the world! This is what the prayer of faith assures, our blessings and victory always!
This is why David said in Psalm 34:2 about making his boast in the lord, this is what the prayer of faith does, it makes his boast in the Lord all day long, "In God, we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah" (Psalm 42:8). Spiritual boasting and praises are spiritual elements of the prayer of faith! It was what Abraham did in Romans 4:17, he boasted in the Lord, calling those things which be not as though they were and then in verse 20 the bible said he was strong in faith giving glory to God. He was boasting and praising the Lord and on that platform, his promised and delayed blessings were released! Whatever has eluded you till now by the prayer of faith take delivery of it today.