Faith and prayer select the subjects to be prayed for thus determining what God is to do. Christ is ready to supply exactly and fully all the demands of faith and prayer. If the order to God is clear, specific, and defined, God will fill it exactly in agreement with the terms put before Him.

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Faith is not an abstract belief in the Word of God or a mere mental belief. It is not a simple agreement of the understanding or a passive belief in facts, no matter how sacred or thorough. Faith is an operation of God, a divine illumination, a holy energy planted by the Word of God and the Spirit in the human soul. It is a spiritual divine principle that takes from the supernatural and makes it an understandable thing by the faculties of time and sense.

Faith deals with God and is conscious of God. It deals with the Lord Jesus Christ and sees Him as a Savior. It deals with God's Word and lays hold of the truth. It deals with the Spirit of God and is energized and inspired by its holy fire. God is the great objective of faith, for faith rests it whole weight on His Word. Faith is not an aimless act of the soul, but is looking to God and resting on His promises. Just as love and hope always have have an objective, so also has faith. Faith is not believing just anything. It is believing God, resting in Him, and trusting His Word.


Faith gives birth to prayer. It grows stronger, strikes deeper, and rises higher in the struggles and wrestling of mighty petitioning. Faith is "the substance of things hoped for" (Hebrews 11:1), the confidence and reality of the inheritance of the saints. Faith, too, is humble and persistent. It can wait and pray. It can stay on its knees or lie in the dust. It is the one great condition of prayer.

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