Faith is not a magic formula, an impersonal law, the continual confession of a mantra, a matter of mental assent, or a process of convincing ourselves of realities that do not exist. Neither is faith a way of twisting God’s arm into doing something that he does not wish to do. Genuine Christian faith is an unwavering trust in and dependence on God that flows from an intimate relationship with him. Implicit in Biblical faith is surrender to the will (1 John 5:14-15) and the ways of the Lord. If anything is believed for that is outside the will of God, it is not believed for in faith. Although prayer is limited by the will of God, this doesn’t mean that God is simply humoring us. It is God’s will and promise that prayer changes things in the world (James 5:16-18). We have confidence (or faith) that everything prayed for according to the will of God will be given. God knows what is best for us and he will work in our lives in ways that will bring him the greatest glory and bring us the maximum benefit. Have a blessed day.
Wilfred Graves Jr.