“And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. (Mark 11:22-23)
Have faith in God. He is the Author and the Perfecter of our faith, the Giver of our faith. Without faith, it is impossible for us to pray with such confidence ‘does not doubt in his heart’. The Bible defines ‘Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.’ (Hebrews 11:1)
Have faith in God. Faith is the basic condition of all our relationship with God. Faith in God means that we are willing to trust Him. Trusting Him for Who He says He is and will keep His promises of answering our prayer. Andrew Murray writes, ‘Have faith in God, the Living God. Let faith focus on God more than on the living promised, because it is His love, His power, His living presence that will awaken and work the faith.’
RBC Ministries in Jesus’ Blueprint for Prayer puts it this way, “Sometimes when we pray we concentrate on the gift in God’s hand and ignore the hand of God Himself. We pray fervently for the new job, or for the return of health. When we gain the prize, we are delighted. And then we have little more to do with God. God’s hand serves only as a way to pay the rent, heal the sickness, or get through the crisis. After the need has been met, the hand itself means little to us.”
Let it not be so to you my friend. Have faith in God in our prayer offer more than receiving His gifts. He offers us Himself. The best reward in prayer is the reward of communicating and communing with the God of the universe. Have faith in God.
The object of our prayer is the Living God. They key is faith. The requirement is to believe.