How to Build Faith in Prayer


Faith is essential to having an effective prayer life. Unbelief is a hindrance, while faith promotes powerful praying. In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus said faith has the power to move mountains. In Matthew 21:22, He said, “All things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” There is power in believing God. Let’s spend time cultivating and building our faith so we can believe Him for great things.

How to Build Faith in Prayer

  1. Pray in accord with God’s will (1 John 5:14-15). When we know we are praying in line with His will, we can have faith and confidence He will grant the petitions we desire of Him.
  2. Study the Word (Romans 10:17). Spending time in the Word of God helps build and strengthen our faith. Read and study it.
  3. Meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2-3 and Joshua 1:8). We need more than a casual reading of the scripture. We must spend time not only reading the Word but meditating on it.

    This means we take a passage, verse or phrase and toss it over and over in our mind, letting it sink deep within our spirit. This will build and strengthen our faith.

  4. Use your imagination (John 5:17 and 19). See God doing what you’re praying for. See it as a done deal. Jesus saw what the Father was doing in the spiritual realm before He did anything and then acted accordingly.

    If we really believe something our imagination will be stirred and our imagination will stir our faith.

  5. Pray in the Spirit. Jude said, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we humbly come before You asking You to build our faith and help us have a productive prayer life. We commit to prayer afresh and anew. Increase our faith so we can once again believe You for great things. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

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