The Prayer of Faith: Know How the Prayer of Faith Works

It is needful for us never to forget that the origin of faith is a Spirit. Faith is not something that we…

The Prayer of Faith: Know How the Prayer of Faith Works

It is needful for us never to forget that the origin of faith is a Spirit. Faith is not something that we can mechanically achieve!

I’ve seen a few mechanical prescriptions on how to stumble upon faith, but faith happens to be a principle of life.

When a believer begins to fake faith, they are essentially living a false life. The destiny of the righteous is to live by faith.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

James 5:14

The reason for referencing these two verses is because of a specific statement they contain, labeled “the prayer of faith.” Notice that when the brother was afflicted and there was a need to summon the elders, it wasn’t a healing evangelist or someone with the gift of working miracles who was sent; it was the elders. The outcome of the prayer of faith wasn’t merely healing; it was salvation—it “saved the sick.”

The purpose of quoting this verse is not to focus on its context, but to emphasize the phrase: “the prayer of faith shall save the sick.”

This indicates that within the apostolic community, there was a specific understanding of what constitutes the prayer of faith, which is why this label was used in the scripture. In this article, I will be exploring this concept further: “The Prayer of Faith.”

In the previous article, “The Spirit of Faith” we established that faith is born of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is impossible to walk in faith mechanically; it must be Spirit-infused, Spirit-furnished, and Spirit-born.

It is in the atmosphere of doing the things that exercises your spirit that the Holy Ghost comes to furnish faith upon your heart.

Most of your experiences with faith will occur during prayer. Prayer facilitates faith more effectively than anything else. The word of the Lord is more likely to come to you when you are in prayer.

Consider the phrase “by the word of God” in Romans 10:17: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This means “hearing the voice of God.” Faith is born when God speaks a personal word into your heart.

While studying the Bible, it is possible for God to speak a word into your heart. The source of faith is a personal word, a personal initiative from God released into your human spirit, which the Holy Spirit then brings to life.

Therefore, a person who is not actively exercising their spirit is unlikely to discover the essential elements for daily life, including faith.

Faith is not something to be seen difficult, it is your lifestyle as a righteous man. That’s the only option of victorious lifestyle that you have available in God’s arsenal

In Mark 11, Jesus himself was the one who taught on the subject and it will be good for us to consult with him the prayer of faith.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:19-21

In the previous post, “The Spirit of Faith,” we discussed how this scripture was the key to Kenneth E. Hagin’s miracle ministry and elaborated on the operation of the spirit of faith at work in a believer. We also explored how the phrase “Have faith in God” literally means “Have the God kind of faith.”

However, our emphasis in Mark 11 is on the responses of Jesus, teaching us about the prayer of faith.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11: 23-24

Verse 23 is the “Principle”, while 24 is the “Practice”

I like Jesus because when Jesus wants to teach you a spiritual thing he would show you the provision in the spirit for instance in the book of Matthew 18:18-20 he say;

18Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

We didn’t know this before, so He began to unveil spiritual possibilities and provisions.

To enlighten us, He explained that you can actually bind something on Earth and it will be bound in Heaven, and you can loose something on Earth and it will be loosed in Heaven.

Then, Jesus introduced an additional provision in the realm of the spirit: “two people agreeing together and achieving the result of their agreement.” He explained why this works in the next verse: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

Because of the principle in verse 20, the provision of binding and loosing in verse 18 will work.

That’s how Jesus teaches spiritual concepts. In Mark 11, Jesus begins with the principle and then establishes the practice. Our first step is to master the principle.

Let’s examine all the elements within the principle as we work to master it.

Spiritual matters are truly simple and very practical. That’s the nature of all spiritual things—they are straightforward.

Here are the elements of the principle in Mark 11:23:

  • Whosoever: That means it’s not just something that the pastor or the prayer leader can do it is something that is open to every one of us that has the spirit of faith
  • Mountain: Mountain is the work of the devil, it is an act of Satan, is an opposition in your life, it’s a hindrance that has been placed over your destiny
  • Saying: There is a saying and you are saying to the mountain be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea
  • Doubt: There is another provision and the other provision is that in this process you should not doubt in your heart but believe that those things that you are saying will come to pass
  • Whatsoever you say: It means that there is no limit to the possibilities of the prayer of Faith

Your spiritual rank or perceived shortcomings don’t matter in the effectiveness of the prayer of faith. Anyone can achieve anything through this principle, as long as there is no doubt involved.

If there’s anything that resembles an open check, it’s the prayer of faith for the believer.

So Jesus in verse 24 which is the “Practice” now said;

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:24

Let’s pick out the elements in Mark 11:24

  • Desire
  • Prayed
  • Received
  • We will have

You start with a desire, convert that desire into prayer, and then believe, which is the faith element.

In our previous article: “The Spirit of Faith” we have established that faith is Spirit born!.

Stay in the place of prayer until the Holy Spirit imparts faith for the matter. Continue praying on that specific issue until faith rises within you; this may take seven days or even 14 days.

Just because the principle is described in one verse doesn’t mean it will be accomplished in one day. Sometimes, you need to remain in prayer for a while until you truly believe that you have received your desire.

You can’t believe without doubting on your own; it is God who enables this kind of unwavering belief in your heart. This belief is God’s work within you, not something you can simply declare, as you might have been taught in your church or Bible school.

I’m teaching this to show you God’s role in this process because if you follow it correctly, you will always see results.

This is why it’s important for a man of God not to speak as if he has all the answers. You only have the answer if the Spirit of God has moved, so remain in the place of prayer.

Jesus taught us to turn our desires into prayer points and keep praying about them persistently. When faith is sensed in the spirit, it is done—you have received it and you will have it.

It will manifest in the natural world, but the time between receiving it spiritually and having it physically can vary. It might take five years, twelve months, or even just six months.

My Story on the Prayer of Faith

This is my experience: I was in prayer seeking Divine Direction after completing my youth service, eager for God’s next step for me.

I prayed earnestly on this specific request—Divine Direction—for an entire year, yet there was no response from God on the matter.

Remember, faith comes by hearing the voice of God—the same voice Jesus referred to when he said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Faith arises from the word of God that is spoken directly to you, distinct from the written word. It is living! God speaks to you and that is what furnishes faith within you. The Holy Spirit takes those words as raw materials to build faith in your heart.

So, I spent a whole year in prayer seeking direction, with no response. During that time, I was also fasting intensely—fasting for over 260 days out of 365—but there was no breakthrough on the matter until the following year. I continued the fasting and prayer, maintaining the same prayer focus. It was on the 13th day of fasting and prayer, January 13th, when God finally spoke to me.

Sometimes, the experience of faith, encapsulated in just one verse, may be the only way to describe or explain two years of your life.

Faith is never ignited until there is a specific, unique initiative of the Spirit of God that moves upon your heart.

On January 13, 2003, God spoke to me. He said He was going to give me a job, and the moment He said it, I received it in faith. At that time, the job didn’t yet exist on Earth; it was still spiritual. The physical office for the job was established one month after my encounter.

This means I had received the job in prayer before the office was even created. A committee was working on recommendations, one of which was to establish an agency. While they were doing this, I was in my village praying. The administrative process to create the platform for my employment was still ongoing. The committee was compiling papers and sending recommendations to the National Assembly.

Eventually, the National Assembly formed the agency. The job I received in prayer on January 13, 2003, manifested on June 1, 2004.

Believe that ye shall receive it! But the time of manifestation can be 1 year later, 2 years later.

When the aptitude test was written, I wasn’t there. You might find this hard to believe, but when the list of successful candidates was released, my name was on it.

For the interview, I came straight from a missionary engagement, still wearing my white crusade suit. I didn’t even know who the Minister of Petroleum was at that time. Everyone else was serious, reading, studying, and interacting. I was the only one who wasn’t serious. Remarkably, the only question I knew the answer to was the only question they asked me in the interview.

The interview took place in February 2004, and I received the employment letter three days before June 1, 2004. On June 1, I went in, wrote my acceptance letter, and that was how the manifestation of what I had received in prayer a year earlier came to be.

Remember, only God can instill faith in your heart. No one can believe naturally without doubting; only what the Holy Spirit instills in your heart is doubt-proof. So, stay in the place of prayer until faith is born. It is only when faith is born that you can truly speak in faith.

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Note: This article was extracted from Apostle Arome Osayi’s teaching on faith with minor edits, but the examples are entirely his.

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