by Pastor Tim Burt
I have noticed that there is an expression I often use when I write Fresh Manna. When I am talking about prayer, I often write the words, true heart faith in prayer. I know what I mean by them but as I was rereading something I wrote, I had the quick thought, do others know what I mean by those words true heart faith in prayer?
I was raised going to church all my life but lost interest in going when I finished high school and started making my own decisions for my life. I felt like I knew how to be religious when needed, but if had I called myself a Christian I would have felt like a hypocrite. My lifestyle did not match what I thought a Christian life might look like. At the age of 24, someone got me to start reading a Bible which was a first for me. I had never been encouraged or taught to read it in my religious upbringing. This was when I discovered what Jesus really did for me and when I surrendered my life to Him asking Him to be my Lord and Savior. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."
It was also at this time that I realized that my concept of praying was reciting mindless prayers I'd learned as a child. Praying, or talking with God was new to me. And I had about as much faith in my prayers as I did rubbing a rabbit's foot or breaking a wishbone. I had no real faith that God would ever hear or answer my prayers. That would be similar to a young child thinking his parents had no time for them and could never count they would do anything asked. God loves us more than a parent and desires that we do know Him and have faith in the promises of His Word.
To have faith in God answering your prayers, you need to know what His will is, just as the last scripture says, it's His will that you have faith in Him! 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) teaches us why it is so important to know the will of God and have faith in it. It says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him."
I love reading about Daniel because Daniel was a gracious, God-fearing and God-loving man that knew God's will and prayed often about it. He modeled true heart faith for us to learn from.
In the story of Daniel, he had risen from being a captive slave to become the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar's top aide and ruler. The king was upset because he had a dream he did not understand and none of his wisest advisers could help him interpret it. It made the King so mad he planned on killing every one of his wise men. When Daniel heard, this is how he handled the situation.
Daniel 2:16-20 (MKJV) Then Daniel went in and asked of the king that he would give him time, and that he would make known the meaning to the king. Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might pray for the mercies of God in Heaven concerning this secret, that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. And Daniel blessed the God of Heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.”
Daniel gave the interpretation to the king and saved not only their lives but the lives of all the pagan wise men who hated Daniel also. The mercy of God touches the just and unjust.
Here is what Daniel’s life reflected.
First, that he had an intimate relationship with God. He had confidence that he could go to God in prayer and that God would help Him. This confidence and knowing is having true heart faith in prayer. Something that only comes as you become acquainted with God and His will through the study of the word and through prayer.
Secondly, he had a group of godly trustworthy friends that he could take a problem to knowing they had true heart faith in prayer and would pray along with him.
Third, Daniel never became elevated in pride because of his answered prayers. He never took credit to make himself look good. He gave all the glory to God and with great thanksgiving. This is the power of intimacy with God that creates true heart faith in prayer to the one who alone helps us succeed through life! Learning what God's will is worth the effort. Learning to pray in true heart faith will change your life forever! Draw close to the Lord! He is a rewarder of those that do!
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) "Study to shew thyself approved unto God..."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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