God’s Word as the ground of faith
Since certain distinct spiritual principles govern the quality of our life with God, we must recognize and value the importance of obeying the principles revealed in the Bible concerning prayer, so that our prayer life flourishes in effectiveness and fruitfulness. As a rule, we must always base our prayers on God’s Word. The psalmist claims that the Lord has exalted his Word above all things (Psalm 138:2). God manifests himself through his Word. The Word is God himself, the manifestation of his person. God manifests his integrity through his Word. Behind every word of God written with paper and ink, stand his character and his throne. Without the Word, there would be no foundation for prayer.
Our whole relationship with God must be built solidly on his Word. Whenever we approach him on the foundation of his Word, bearing witness to what he has said in our hearts through our lips, there he will be present, because God is present wherever his Word is present.
But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2)
It is imperative that we reformulate our prayer habits and change our language. Many prayers stem from frustration, wrong concepts of God, unbelief and doubt, all reasons why many people fail to pray more. If you want to see God work in your life, you must read his Word, feed upon it and make it your source of meditation and conversation. In short, we must live out the principles of God’s Word by basing our prayers upon it, since the only thing that God confirms is his Word.
We must base our faith on God and his Word because to believe on his Word is to receive it as the truth. Our faith will grow in the proportion that we grow in our knowledge of God’s Word. How else can we exercise our faith in something that we do not know? We cannot believe in a promise that we do not know exists. It is the knowledge of the promise that leads us to the boldness of faith. If God says that something is ours, then it is. We must believe and take possession of that which the Word says already belongs to us. If God promises a blessing, it is because He wishes to give it to us. The Bible says that He will hear us in everything that we ask in prayer believing that it is based on his will (1 John 5:14).
How can we know what is in the mind of God? How can we know what his will is? The answer is by hearing what He has said. The Word of God is what God has already said. The majority of the things that God wants to do in our lives he has already revealed in his Word. Even things that seem unclear to us are based on revealed principles. Therefore, when we know the Word, we will know how to discern God’s will and as we pray in accordance with his Word, we will be praying in line with his revealed will, and in this way, we can be confident that He has already answered our request, even before we see its manifestation.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14, 15)