Praying out of fear or faith?

Are you praying out of fear or from a place of faith? Many believers do not realize that if your fear is what is backing your prayer, you are simply empowering the enemy and like Job, that which you fear will come upon you. We must be faith driven if we are to fuel our prayers for the results we seek.

Faith is a word we throw around often in Christian circles. The word faith is even used to describe our Christian denominational affiliations. It is often asked “What is your faith”? For many believers, it is a hypothesis that is yet to be tested and proven. A proposition which we all would like to place before every Red Sea challenge in our lives but one which seems to keep eluding us. Many of us end up on a road of secret frustration which we dare not express for fear we would be described as lacking faith.

Let us take the lid off this tight box in which we have been hiding our doubts about whether God does indeed answer when we pray in faith. I believe He is indeed a faithful God who does what He says. What then could be the issue?

I remember being in a season in which nothing seemed to work in my life. I prayed, fasted, stayed in the word, worshipped, waited on the Lord, remained in my process, called on true prophets of God to stand in the prayer of agreement with me and even did cast out a few devils but things appeared even worse than before. I thought I had faith and could not envisage how this scenario of so many failures in the the midst of prayer could be possible. I will not lie, I doubted God! I wrestled with God! I was confused and the enemy had me exactly where he wanted. A repeat of the story of mother Eve was playing out in my mind. Like Eve, I had a question to answer. Did God really say if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can tell this mountain to be cast into the sea and it will obey?

I did not realize that fear rather than faith had set in my heart and even though I was praying with what looked like godly authority, I really was walking in unbelief. Seeds of discouragement were in full bloom and the only fruits I could reap were those of fear. I was praying out of my fear and not from a place of faith. I was praying from a place of defeat and not of the victory that was already given to me at the cross some 2000 years ago. Many of you reading this have walked this same road. Ask yourself today “Am I gripped with fear even as I confess that I am more than a conqueror”? Are you robotically telling the devil to die by fire because you heard someone else do so or do you really see the finished work of Christ which gave you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions?

I have news for you. Unless you have truly encountered the Jesus who disarmed the enemy of our soul, it will be near impossible to pray from a standpoint of faith rather than fear. Colossians 2:15 says “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” We need to believe this verse when faced with circumstances that seem insurmountable and reject the spirit of fear when we pray or when we make confessions of victory. If we pray while being afraid of what may happen, we may not get the desired results.

It is time the church learns to seek Jesus by not just making empty confessions that we have a personal relationship with Christ, but by looking past our Pastors and Prophets and spending quality time in the secret place where we can encounter Jesus. Only out of an encounter can we boldly pray with the assurance that we are victorious. Only in intimacy with Jesus can His perfect love cast out all fear from our hearts and give us a knowing of His faithfulness that cannot be shaken by the storms of life. When you encounter the Lion if the tribe of Judah, you will roar at every enemy that attempts to stand in the way of your faith knowing without a doubt in your heart that your Daddy is the King of this jungle!

Right now rid yourself of all fear, put on the garment of faith and Roar at COVID 19 for Jesus already defeated him on the cross. #AEtta

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