How to Pray in Faith
by Wendy Backlund
Read this blog post by Wendy Backlund about praying in faith, looking at our "measure of faith" and how to align our emotions with truth.
"Mary has chosen the best part."
Often people spend much effort and time praying over a circumstance hoping that time and quantity of prayer will bring the desired result. The hope is that perhaps faith will increase through this effort and thus the prayer will be answered.This kind of thinking implies that faith is built by the amount of time and energy expended.
We need to understand that faith does not come through our effort. Faith is a result of what we "know." Our "measure of faith" will increase in proportion to the revelation we have of God's character, His love, and His promises toward us.
Often we do not realize the value of spending time with God when we are not praying for needs. The reason we worship, quietly wait in His presence, and search the scripture is mainly to build a relationship and to learn about the character, power and love of God. Our intimacy and relationship with Him will have a direct correlation to our level of faith; not because it "earns" us more authority, but because it gives something for our faith to stand on.
Aligning our Emotions with Truth
Further, as we battle spiritual forces, it is important to distinguish between the burden of the Lord and the weight of unbelief. We must take inventory of our emotions as we pray. Is there a spirit of fear, anxiety, or hopelessness present? Do we feel under the circumstance that we are praying about? Are we consistently begging for God's help? If so, the heaviness we are feeling is probably not about the circumstance we are facing, but from our own beliefs about God and life.
These emotions are not going to go away just by praying longer and harder or fasting. We also cannot pretend these emotions are not there. We need to confront them and rebuke spirits of unbelief, fear, and hopelessness. We can start this by repenting of wrong core beliefs that hinder confidence in the power of our prayers. Then we must turn our eyes to God's faithfulness and worship Jesus until we get a revelation of His goodness and love toward us. The battle is first in us, and then in our circumstances.
My trust and faith in God grows in the proportion to how much I know His character, goodness and trustworthiness. I therefore spend much time in His presence developing intimacy with Him.
Fear and doubt are my main enemies. I am not a victim to these emotions. I replace the lies fueling them with the promises of God. I trust in the goodness of God.
ABOUT WENDY BACKLUND
Wendy Backlund, along with her husband Steve, is from Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Wendy and Steve have a unique ministry that ignites hope, passion, joy, victorious mindsets and healthy relationships. They were senior leaders of renewal churches from 1991 to 2008 (Round Mountain, Nevada, and Weaverville, CA). The Backlunds travel regularly ministering to churches and leadership teams. Wendy has a passion for setting Christians free from their past and empowering them in their walk with Christ. She is a revelatory speaker, author, and teacher, enabling people to see life from a supernatural perspective.
Learn more about Wendy and her teaching at wendybacklund.com.
For more resources from Wendy, click the links below:
- Living From the Unseen (book, DVD, and workbook series)
- Encounter: An Activation of Your Spirit (soaking CD)
- Coffee with Wendy (YouTube videos)