Prayer and Faith
Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Christ says, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God's will; we must ask for the things that He has promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the promise is unequivocal.
For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; then WE ARE TO BELIEVE THAT WE RECEIVE, and return thanks to God that we have received.
We NEED LOOK FOR NO OUTWARD EVIDENCE of the blessing. The gift is IN THE PROMISE, and we may go about our work assured that what God has promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, WILL BE REALISED WHEN WE NEED IT MOST. ED 257-258
It is FAITH that connects us with heaven, and brings us strength for coping with the powers of darkness. In Christ, God has provided means for subduing every sinful traits, and resisting every temptation, however strong. But many feel that they lack faith, and therefore they remain away from Christ. Let these souls, in their helpless unworthiness, cast themselves upon the mercy of their compassionate Saviour.
Look not to self, but to CHRIST. He who healed the sick and cast out demons when He walked among men is the same mighty Redeemer today. Faith comes by the word of God. Then grasp His promise, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37. Cast yourself at His feet with the cry, “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.” You can NEVER PERISH while you do this—NEVER. DA 429