Building Faith in Prayer

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.” Unbelief is a hindrance to prayer, while faith promotes powerful praying. Faith is essential to having an effective prayer life. There is power in believing God.

“And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith. So the Lord said, If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you” (Luke 17:5-6).

Let’s spend time cultivating and building our faith so we can believe Him for great things.

How to Build Faith in Prayer

  1. Forgiveness

    Context is imperative to rightly dividing the Word of truth. Just prior to asking Jesus “Increase our faith” He was talking about offenses and forgiveness. Forgiveness of any and all offenses is a prerequisite to faith and answered prayer. He said,

    “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4).

    Just after speaking of having mountain moving faith in Mark 11:22-24, Jesus said, “And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any” (Mark 11:25).

    Bitterness and unforgiveness is a major deterrent to faith, while maintaining a spirit of forgiveness will help to propel our faith exponentially.

  2. Servanthood

    In the immediate context after asking Jesus “Increase our faith” He spoke concerning servanthood.

    “Which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and sit down to eat? But will he not rather say to him, Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:7-10).

    Our faith will only come to fruition when we have unreservedly surrendered to the service of Jesus, our Lord and Master. Once His will, purposes and our service to Him have become paramount in our thinking and desires – Our Passion, then and only then will our faith begin to soar.

    “Delight yourself also in the Lord: and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him; and He will bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4-5).

  3. Pray in Accord with God’s Will

    “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, WE KNOW that WE HAVE THE PETITIONS that WE HAVE DESIRED OF HIM” (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.

  4. Study the Word

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

    Spending time in the Word of God helps to build, grow and strengthen our faith. Many do not study the Word of God regularly. You may have a Bible laying on your coffee table or dresser and never take the time to dust it off, open and read it. Our faith will not grow unless we study His Word. Can you remember the last time you read and studied your Bible?

    The context of Romans 10:17 has to do with “hearing” – listening to the Word being taught or preached (Romans 10:13-17). This is why church is so very important. If we want our faith to grow, we must hear the Word proclaimed. Then and only then will our faith grow.

    “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).

    Read and study God’s Word!

  5. Meditate on the Word

    “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

    “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper” (Psalms 1:2-3).

    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 taking a passage, verse or phrase of scripture and tossing it over and over in our mind, letting it sink deep within our spirit. This will build and strengthen our faith in greater ways than we could ever imagine.

    Memorizing God’s Word is a great way to begin meditating on the Word. Meditation of scripture takes place during the memorization process. We are exhorted and encouraged throughout scripture to hide the Word of God in our hearts.

    “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide” (Psalm 37:31).

    “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11).

    “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

    “I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14).

  6. Use Your Imagination

    “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also does the Son likewise” (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.

  7. Pray in the Spirit

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

    Praying with your spirit is one of the most powerful forms of prayer a believer can implement.

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!

With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, and doctorate degrees in apologetics, theology, and church development, Dr. Linton’s passion is to equip, encourage and strengthen pastors and their churches. Watch his latest messages on YouTube.