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“Faith with Your Prayers”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
Hebrews 11:1, 6 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
You can spend a lot of time pleading, asking, petitioning, and still not have any faith. Many have lost out by not having some faith with their prayers. However, as soon as you pray, Satan comes along to make you doubt if your prayer life is any good; he has minimized your strength with God. You have to make up your blessed mind to have some faith with your prayer. You need to till your fields to get ready for the rain – God’s blessings. You have to pluck up some fallow ground to get ready. You can’t drink alcohol or do drugs to deal with stress or foolishness. To till the field for God to bless you, put God in the position to send the rain!
You should want “showers of blessings, so refreshing” to rain down on you. Till the field so that the crop can grow. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Your faith can’t be empty. Many don’t have substance because they don’t have Jesus. It’s difficult to have faith when you don’t know who you have faith in. Don’t waste your time putting your faith in your job or in your money — your faith has to be in Jesus!
Christ gives you a divine reason to put your trust in him. God gives you substance – something you can hold on to; something concrete. Some of you have been on “quicksand” too long. It’s hard to keep wanting something you can’t see. You want your void to be filled. You can’t see it but you’ve got to believe it! (Repeat this several times). You say, “It’s got to happen by Monday”, but who are YOU to put a time limit on God? When it doesn’t happen Monday, Tuesday, or that week, God has just removed your anticipation which is based on what you can see and not on what He can do!
God will develop some awesome patience in you. Sometimes when you pray, God does not stop things from happening because there’s a lesson for you to learn. Also, you just can’t act any kind of way and think God will bless you. Many are making it on Big Mama’s prayers. God will make you pray for yourself! He will keep you “in the queue” to purge your flesh and until you make up your hard head that you will believe He will fix it for you.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please God. Are you interested in pleasing God or in pleasing yourself? So many times you ask so that you can be pleased and not for Him to be glorified. Pray so that God will be glorified! When you live in Christ, you cannot be selfish; everything must be designed so that God gets the glory. It’s no sense in coming to the altar talking about with YOU have done. If you don’t give God the glory, he will take you back to the same arena and to the same problems. Please God in everything that you do. He wants to see that you have some faith with your prayers.
“…for him that cometh to God must believe that he is…” Stop using a reason not to come to God. You have to seek the Lord because nobody can bless you like He can; exceedingly, abundantly, and above everything! Many people aren’t interested in seeking him because they can’t let some people go. You will have to shed some folks, sometimes folks in your own family. You can shed and not be mean to them. Tell them that you’re going to seek God.
Also, you just can’t seek him on Sundays. You must be diligent, consistent, and persistent in seeking. There IS a reward. Develop your sanctuary in other places than church; worship him in your car, a closed room, a sanctuary all by yourself. You may shed some tears. Tears = humility and humility will bring you closer to God. Being broken means you can’t do it all by yourself.
Depend on God to put it all back together again!