Believe

Jesus says it best: “When you pray, believe.” (Mark 11:24)

Crisp, clear and to the point, Jesus tells us exactly how to have an effective fervent prayer life. We can create all kinds of theories and teach about the five ways to approach God or three hindrances to our answers; but the key is “FAITH”. Believe in God’s ability to do what He has said He will do! And can I suggest something here… get over the issue of sounding religious! Faith is most easily found in relationship; because it works by love, not by rituals or perfect theology (Gal 5:6).

Faith Hears in the Spirit:

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” (1 Kings 18:41)

This verse illustrates the confidence of the Prophet Elijah who believed God for what He had promised. I will repeat that “…for what God had promised”. The story of Elijah’s prayers holding back the rain in Israel is only climaxed by his bold confidence in proclaiming Ahab’s demise if he didn’t make haste for Jezreel. Rain is coming, because God said so… and I can hear it!

What exactly was it that Elijah heard? Nobody else seemed to hear the rain nor did they see it. The fact is, there was no indication that even one drop of rain was going to fall on any part of Israel! But faith comes out of a spiritual kind of hearing (Rom 10:17). Faith operates from a platform of putting hope in the promise of God (Heb 11:1).

Confidence:

Elijah heard the rain before it was manifest, much like we might trust our friend to send us a package in the mail. If the promise is good, then our confidence dictates our hearing. I will be looking for that package in the mailbox and praying in faith for its arrival. I’m speaking to God in prayer and speaking to others with testimony from a confident stance. “The Promise is on the way!” Its not to be hindered, not to be delayed, not to be distracted or crushed or stolen or intruded upon in any way… God has promised and I’ve heard it in my spirit.

One Response to “Believe”

  • I am Elijah’s mother, my name is Richelle. It has been nerlay a month since the challenging time of the week-long hospital stay with our infant son. No matter how much time passes since that event- I will never forget, nor cease to be grateful for all whose prayers and support to my family helped us tremendously through that very difficult time. It was immediately apparent that we were covered in prayer. I was granted supernatural strength to stay awake in spite of the extended period of little to no sleep, and my son’s doctors were thorough beyond our expectation. My sincere thanks to all who interceded on our behalf I cannot be grateful enough. What you read in the Hubers blog was that my son was sick and needed prayer. What you didn’t know was that during our hospital stay, our other two children (both girls- ages 4 yrs, and 20 months) were taken in by the Hubers and made a part of their family for the week that we were away. This is a family who, until about six months ago, were complete strangers to us! Through what I believe to be a divine appointment, our families met- and through a set of what can only be described as supernatural circumstances- our families became close. I am so grateful that the Lord has chosen to intertwine our families. As Christians, we are all called to serve. Not everyone answers that call. The Hubers do Thank You.

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