Not an abstract belief

Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.

The faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centres itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ's ability to do and to do greatly is the faith which prays greatly.

Obedience helps faith and faith, in turn, helps obedience. To do God's will is essential to true faith, and faith is necessary to implicit obedience.

Faith does not grow disheartened because prayer is not immediately honoured. It takes God at His Word, and lets Him take what time He chooses in fulfilling His purposes, and in carrying on His work.

Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave tomorrow entirely with him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day, daily prayer for daily needs.

Faith is not an abstract belief in the Word of God, nor a mere mental acknowledgement, nor a simple assent of the understanding and will, nor is it a passive acceptance of facts, however sacred or thorough. Faith is an operation of God, a divine illumination, a holy energy implanted by the Word of God and the Spirit in the human soul. It is a spiritual, divine principle which takes of the supernatural and makes it a thing apprehendable by the faculties of time and sense.

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