Over the last few devotionals, we have looked at faith—what true faith looks like, and the motive behind the faith that pleases God.
In James we are told,
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Clearly, James wants us to know that when we pray a prayer of faith, God will answer it. In this passage, we are told that through that prayer God will indeed heal those who are sick, and raise them up.
So what is it that makes up the prayer of faith? There are three components, all of which we have touched on in the last few days.
The prayer of faith is a prayer that:
- Does not waver. It doesn't vacillate, moving back and forth. It is anchored on the promise of God.
- Is followed by corresponding actions.
- Is prayed from right motives.
The example James cites of someone who prayed a prayer of faith is Elijah. I encourage you to read his story in 1 Kings 17. There you find that, through the prayer of faith, God shut up the heavens and there was no rain. And then, by another prayer of faith, the heavens were opened and rain came down.
Elijah expressed his faith when he said he heard the sound of abundance of rain. He made that statement before there was a cloud in the sky or before a drop of rain ever fell!
When you and I don't waver in our faith, when we show our faith by corresponding action, and when we pray with right motives, God will act. As surely as Elijah heard that rain by faith, you can hear the rain…whatever that represents in your life. That is the prayer of faith.