Some years ago, we were in the market for a new home. The houses were in an area that I had long desired to live in. In our price range….the only thing available were houses with no basement. In my husband’s reasoning that meant they did not have a solid foundation. Because we live in a northern area; this means problems with mice, ants and anything that crawls. It also means cold floors in winter and a strong potential for flooding and sometimes mold in our main living spaces. The homes were older and the ones that I liked posed serious complications with the foundation.
In fact, my favorite house had one furnace built under a marble floor in the living room and the other was in the ceiling! There were many other things that seriously challenged us not to overlook the foundation of a house. With all of these problems, this house was still spectacular! The flaws could not be seen. Over the last ten years; it has changed ownership more than 4 times.
So, for us we ultimately looked in a higher range of homes; bidding much lower successfully.
Your prayers must have a foundation. That foundation is your faith. You could be a mighty prayer warrior…all it takes is your faith!
Most people are familiar with the bible definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.
And I love what the Message Bible says:
Faith in What We Don’t See
1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
It says faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. Please remember this!
When you pray; focus and pay attention. Get your faith out. Use it. Stretch yourself. There’s proof below.
James 4:3 (King James Version)
3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
James 4:3 (The Message)
2-3You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.
The bible has many passages that will allow every person to streamline and tailor their prayers. It’s funny because I always hear people say it is too much work. Yet, those same people will jump through hoops for things that are far less important than getting their prayers answered. Really, it’s up to you and I will never cease praying for everyone who crosses my path, but remember that you know more than I and God would love to spend time with you. I can’t make up for that.