If you try to receive from God without planting the seed of the Word (Luke 8:11), it’s difficult. You’re like the farmer who sits on the porch and says, “I believe in crops, but I’m not going to plant any see this year. I’ll just believe, and if it’s God’s will, my crop will come up.” That farmer will never see his crop.
Faith is a seed. If you don’t plant it, it will never grow. And praying, “If it be Your will” won’t produce a harvest in areas where the Word of God tells you what is His will.
“If it be Your will” is a prayer of dedication. It is for situations in which you don’t know God’s will. When something is not written in the Word, then you can pray a prayer like, “Lord, if it’s Your will, I’ll go to China. But it is not a prayer that will change things.
Faith is what changes things in the physical realm. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It takes faith to get substance.
According to Romans 10:17 — “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Faith comes from believing the promise of God.
If you don’t know what God said about something, you don’t have any basis for faith. It’s your responsibility to go to the Word and find out what He said. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Standing on the Word makes God’s power available to you.
NEXT TIME: Pray the Promises – PART 4: Agree With God’s Word