James 1:6 – “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
We have been admonished to believe (have faith) when we pray, for without faith it is impossible to please God. Sometimes we pray with utter disbelief and let doubts wander our minds, our hearts disagreeing with the words from our mouth.
Faith is a very important factor as far as Christianity is concerned… In fact, it is the core or base on which Christianity stands upon (walking by faith and not by sight – 2 Cor. 5:7). Faith is the core determinant to whether or not we will receive our blessings and the answers to our prayers. It is an insult on the person of God to doubt Him who created us and knew us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb. With faith, Peter defied nature, but began to sink when he allowed doubts get in the way of his gaze on Jesus. You see, the bird needs its wings to push up higher, faith is the fuel that lights up the fire. With faith as little as a mustard seed we can move mountains.
Let us look at a case where we need to transfer a file from phone A to phone B, both with functional Bluetooth Devices. For this to happen there must be a Bluetooth connection or pairing if you may. When we pray, for a transference of spiritual files that encapsulates our answers & blessings to happen, there must be a Bluetooth device that will connect us with God, Faith is that Bluetooth device. There must be a pairing with the Almighty, telling Him we trust Him and His will, and also that we are willing to wait irrespective of how long the answers will get to us. With Faith, we tell Him that even if He does not deliver us from the fiery furnace, we still will not bow down to the statue of doubts and disbelief just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3.
It is one thing to turn on the Bluetooth device and another thing to turn on the Discoverable option of your device. What I mean here is that, it is one thing to pray with Faith and another thing to sustain that Faith with works. If the Discoverable option of your Bluetooth device is not turned on, there is no way paring can happen between the two phones. For our Faith to work, we need to sustain it with works, for faith without works is dead (James 2:20). With faith, we can walk on water, but we need to apply the work of getting out of the boat. Jesus in His unfathomable wisdom admonished us to knock and it shall be opened unto us, but sometimes we just go to the door and stand there without knocking (works). You know it is an insult on God to pray with faith asking Him to guide and order our steps and not back it up with works by moving our feet.
At times, we set time limits in the Discoverable timeout option of our Bluetooth devices to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 hour, etc. That is not how Faith works; we need to set our time limits in the Discoverable timeout option to Never! Faith is not just something you turn on for a while and then put it off after 10-30 minutes; it is constantly putting it to work. We may complain of the battery, but yes, we have the battery of Grace which never runs dry. A car without an engine would go nowhere; work is the force that drives us to our dreams.
In conclusion, to connect with God, we need a Bluetooth device called Faith, to receive what we have asked for, we need to turn on our Discoverable option by our works (calling those things which are not, as though they were), and to sustain our works which backs up our Faith, we need to set our Discoverable timeout option to Never (i.e. the continuous application of works). God Bless You!!