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Prayer of Faith

What is the Prayer of Faith?


James 5:15

    And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.


The only verse in Scripture that contains the phrase, "Prayer of Faith", is James 5:15. Though spoken of only once, the prayer title conveys an assurance of success in prayer.

The prayer of faith changes things or circumstances  Anything that can be seen is subject to change and can be affected by a prayer of faith. "...for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18) The prayer of faith changes things like physical ailments, lack of wisdom, or employment status. Through the prayer of faith, you can have healing and health for your body, wisdom for your mind, and even a good job.

The prayer of faith is a tool that can be used to implement God's will in your life. Through the prayer of faith, you can have the things that God desires for you to have. God desires you to be healthy, wise, and gainfully employed, etc. Although these good things may not be a reality in your life right now, with the prayer of faith,  things that you are hoping for can become reality.


What are the elements of the prayer of faith?


James 5:16b "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (The word "man" means mankind and therefore includes women.)


There are three elements here that are required for a prayer that avails much; that is, a prayer that God will say "Yes" to:



  1. First, the man praying must be righteous.
  2. Second, the prayer must be fervent.
  3. And third, the prayer must be effective.


  • First , a man is right with God when he has surrendered his life and his will to the Almighty and accepted the grace (unearned favor) that God offers to men. As Jesus said, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." (Matthew 12:50)


  • Secondly, a prayer that God will say "Yes" to must be fervent. A fervent prayer is one that is heart-felt and taken seriously. A man who goes to God in prayer with a light hearted frivolity should not think that his prayer will avail much


  • Thirdly, If you are righteous (right with God) and your prayer is fervent (heart-felt and taken seriously), then it must also be effectual in order for it to avail much; that is, in order for God to answer "Yes". If the words of your prayer are ineffective, then you have not given God much to answer. In fact, some prayers are so horribly ineffective that God will answer "No" in order to protect us from ourselves.

º    If your purpose for praying is based in pride, bitterness, anger, etc., then your prayer will be ineffective. You should continually examine your own motivations so that you are praying prayers that will accomplish God's will rather than your own selfish ambitions.

But most importantly, we need to learn God's Word in a manner that results in an understanding of His desires. It is not enough to simply have the ability to quote Scripture (although it is good if you can). When we know His Word, we will know what He wants and how He does things. When we know what He wants and how He does things, we will be able to make our prayers effective because we will be able to ask for the things that God has said He wants.

The Bible says, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15) Since we know that God's Word is His will, we can be confident that He will answer "Yes" when we base our prayers on His Word.