Prayer + Faith = Action 


In our last study we
learned that because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross and once we become
true followers of Jesus, we can now come into His throne room in prayer and
present our needs to Him. We do not need to go through any priest or perform a religious
ritual for God to hear our prayer. You can read that devotional by clicking on
this link – Pray….Pray for…..Pray With

In “Today’s Bible Teaching” and the song we will learn that Prayer
plus Action means Faith”. Billy Graham said,

 

“We are to pray in
times of adversity,

lest we become
faithless and unbelieving.

We are to pray in
times of prosperity,

lest we become
boastful and proud.

We are to pray in
times of danger,

lest we become fearful
and doubting.

We are to pray in
times of security,

lest we become
self-sufficient.”

In James chapter 2
 we read about “faith and works” or “Faith in action”
and how faith with out works is not faith at all but a simple believe, you can
believe that a plan flies but it is not until you get into the plan and reach
your destination when it becomes faith and by getting on the plan your
action proved your faith. “You see that [his] faith was working together
with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching
its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience].” James 2:22
(Read all of James chapter 2). Jesus also tells us in Matthew
17:20-21(Phillips) that we need to have true faith and action, “Because
you have so little faith,” replied Jesus. “I assure you that if you have as
much faith as a grain of mustard-seed you can say to this hill, ‘Up you get and
move over there!’ and it will move—you will find nothing is impossible.”
“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”, Jesus said
“prayer and fasting” or “Prayer + Action = Faith”.

 The question is do you have true faith which means that you are a
follower of Jesus or do you just believe what you want? which means that all
you are is a fan or Admirer like those John chapter 6 who followed Him just see
and watch what miracles he would do next or and see what would happen, the
religious leaders followed as well, but many of those same people who followed
Jesus condemned Him to death on the cross.

 

I Speak Jesus (Charity
Gayle)

https://youtu.be/FBIz8vDMG20

I just wanna speak the name of Jesus
Over every heart and every mind
‘Cause I know there is peace within Your presence
I speak Jesus

I just wanna speak the name of Jesus
‘Til every dark addiction starts to break
Declaring there is hope and there is freedom
I speak Jesus

‘Cause Your name is power
Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold
Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire

I just wanna speak the name of Jesus
Over fear and all anxiety
To every soul held captive by depression
I speak Jesus

‘Cause Your name is power
Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold
Shine through the shadows
Burn like the fire

Shout Jesus from the mountains
Jesus in the streets
Jesus in the darkness over every enemy
Jesus for my family
I speak the holy name
Jesus, oh

Shout Jesus from the mountains
Jesus in the streets
Jesus in the darkness over every enemy
Jesus for my family
I speak the holy name
Jesus (Jesus)

‘Cause Your name is power
Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold
Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire

Your name is power (Your name is power)
Your name is healing (Your name is healing)
Your name is life (You are my life)
Break every stronghold (break every stronghold)
Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire

I just wanna speak the name of Jesus
Over every heart and every mind
‘Cause I know there is peace within Your presence
I speak Jesus
 

*Faith in Action
By Pastor Brent
Patrick McDougal

 


 And without faith it is impossible to please him,
for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Abiding in the Lord is faith in action; talking and walking with God. It’s the
immediate reach to God when times get tough.

George Müller defined faith as “the temper of the mind in the creature which
responds to every revealed perfection of the Creator.” Only to the degree that
we abide in God, in sync with Him in all things, can we expect the promise of
answered prayer to be fulfilled.

This wasn’t an abstract idea to Müller, who said he had received fifty thousand
answers to prayer over his lifetime. He prayed about big and small things. He
prayed in times of plenty and in days of crisis.

Toward the end of November 1857, Müller was informed that the boiler in his
first orphanage had leaked considerably. It would never make it through the
frigid winter of Bristol, England.

“I felt deeply concerned for the children,” Müller lamented, “especially the
younger infants, not wanting them to suffer because of a lack of heat. But how
were we to obtain warmth?” He thought of several solutions, but none of them were
satisfactory. “At last, I determined to fall entirely into the hands of God,
who is very merciful and of tender compassion. I decided to have the brick
chamber opened in order to see the extent of the damage and whether the boiler
might be repaired to carry us through the winter.”

The boiler fire would have to be put out before the work could begin.
Unfortunately, a second crisis arose to aggravate the first: a bleak north wind
set in. So Müller asked the Lord if “He would be pleased to change the north
wind into a south wind” and give each workman “a mind to work.”

Just before the work was scheduled to begin, the wind shifted to blow from the
south, exactly as Müller had prayed. The weather was so mild that no fire was
needed. And when the workers learned about Müller’s concern for the children,
they volunteered to work through the night.

“Here, then,” reported Müller, “is one of our difficulties that was overcome by
prayer and faith.”

The reach of faith was met by the powerful hand of God.

Müller had learned to trust God even in the darkest of days. He shows us that a
crisis in circumstances doesn’t have to be a crisis of faith.

*Prayer Power – Learning To
Pray Like George Muller” By Pastor Brent Patrick McDougal taken from
Bible.com (YouVersion.com),