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the prayer of faith

Prayer is referred to throughout the Bible, but the Prayer of Faith is only mentioned the once. In James 5:15 it says ‘And the prayer of faith shall save the sick’ 

So what is the difference between prayer and the prayer of faith?

THE PRAYER OF FAITH

 

If we keep reading, James goes on to give us the example of Elijah. He says this

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

 James 5:17

Let’s look at the account of Elijah. 

As surely as the LORD lives–the God of Israel before whom I stand–there will be neither dew nor rain in these years except at my word!” 1 Kings 17:1

Elijah didn’t ask God to stop the rain, he declared it. 

According to Joseph Prince, the prayer of command, or the prayer of declaration is the prayer of faith. This is what the Bible means by ‘earnest prayers’. 

I love that the only time this is mentioned in Scripture is in reference to sickness. In other words, we’re asked to speak to the sickness to command it to leave. 

 

JESUS AND THE FIG TREE

 

I’m sure you’re familiar with Jesus cursing the fig tree. He noticed it wasn’t bearing fruit so He cursed it. “Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” Mark 11:14

The next day, the tree had completely withered and died. 

 

SPEAK TO THE MOUNTAIN

 

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Matt 17:20 

God is asking us to speak to the mountain of sickness. This is the earnest prayer that we read of in James 5. The prayer of faith.

 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says Mark 11:23

Jesus says we do 3 things when speaking to the mountain. 

  1. Speak to the mountain
  2. Do not doubt
  3. Believe

 

BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY

 

“If we don’t use our authority, we stop God from intervening in our lives. God flows through us.” Andrew Wommack. 

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases

 Luke 9:1

What an honour and privilege to be given such a responsibility. Jesus is speaking to you and I, not just the original 12. 

Peter and John show us an example of this when they came across the lame man at the Gate Beautiful. 

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.

 Acts 3:1 

Peter knew his power and authority. He commands the man to walk in Jesus’ name. I believe that James would call this the prayer of faith. 

It’s the power of the Holy Spirit in us that heals, but we have to exercise our authority through speaking. 

You see, when we declare, we speak with authority. It’s assured.

Think of a police officer who upholds the law. He has the authority to do so because of his position. 

If I tried to arrest someone, or if I tried to investigate a crime, I wouldn’t get very far. I don’t have the authority. 

Our position as children of God, is to use our authority. We have been given permission to do so by Jesus Himself. 

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we’re to pray for God to heal, it says we’re to heal the sick. We do this through speaking. 

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matt 10:8

MOSES’ BRONZE SERPENT

 

Moses asked God to take away the snakes as they were biting and killing the people. God did not take away the snakes. Instead He asked Moses to make a bronze serpent. 

Those who looked intently upon the bronze serpent received their healing. See MOSES’ BRONZE SERPENT: WHY HEALING PRAYERS FAIL

Asking God to take away a sickness is just like Moses asking God to take away the snakes. God will say no. Instead He wants us to use our authority. 

We look intently at the Cross because this is where the healing is. Then, we speak to the mountain of sickness. The Prayer of Faith. 

 

THE NAME OF JESUS

 

When we speak with the believer’s authority, we use the name of Jesus. There is power, healing and victory in the name of Jesus

You and I have permission to use it, so let’s take advantage. 

The name of Jesus means ‘Jesus saves’ which can also be translated ‘Jesus heals’ because the verb sozo refers to both. 

Healing is part of the Atonement. When we speak to a mountain of sickness in the name of Jesus, we are declaring that the healing is at the finished work of the Cross. 

In Philippians 2:9, it says that the name of Jesus is ‘the name above every name’. And that ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth’ v10

Can you imagine the difference it would make to your prayer life if you used your authority instead of praying passive prayers?

If this is new to you, I suggest just practising until you become familiar with praying declarative prayers.

When I first arrived at the church I’m in now, I noticed how declarative the leaders sounded when praying. They knew how to use their authority with boldness. They sounded very assured and confident.

It is so important to remember that prayers need only be short to be effective. I don’t really go in for prayers that are shouty with the prayer raising and clenching their fists.

But knowing who you are in Christ and His provision at the Cross will give you the confidence to pray in such a way.

I hope this helps you today.

Lorna x

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