“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)

True faith is not receiving what we ask, but rather it is faith in God. In no way is prayer a means of bringing a pressure to bear on God to obtain from Him what we have decided to receive for ourselves in the name of faith, no matter what the cost. God does not let Himself be intimidated by presumption any more than by heaping up of words.

Faith is not a blind and obstinate assurance. It is not founded on the strength of our right, nor on the firmness of our conviction nor the strength of our desires.

Faith has confidence in the goodness, the wisdom and the unlimited power of God. Faith does not say, “If you can do anything, take pity on us” (Mark 9:22- 23). It knows without a doubt that God can do whatever He wants to do. Therefore, faith never says, “Lord, you must heal me.” To impose our wills on God, to demand that God should obey us is no longer faith, but self-willed presumption. Faith says, “If you will, you can make me clean.”

Scott Richardson

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