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Prayer and faith (2)

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Effective prayer depends on faith, especially on a willingness to trust in God’s faithfulness to his promises to his people.

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Faith is necessary in order to approach God

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is necessary to receive benefits from God

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Faith is necessary for effective prayer

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Jesus Christ responded to people’s need on the basis of faith

Matthew 9:27–30 NKJV
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.
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Examples of notable prayers of faith

Elijah, in contest with the prophets of Baal; Elijah, praying about rain; Elijah and the widow’s son; Elisha and the Shunammite’s son
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