When we read, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17 NKJV; Galatians 3:11 NKJV), we must define what the Bible means by this statement, because everyone lives by faith. Faith of some kind works in all our lives, whether or not we are aware of it.
To do any kind of business with God, we need the faith the Bible speaks of. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Many of us were taught that faith is necessary, but we weren’t usually taught how to obtain the faith that pleases God.
How do we define faith in general terms? Remember that the New Testament word “faith” comes from the Greek word pistis, meaning “belief” or “confidence.” Faith means belief and confidence in the words you hear. It is believing in something unseen as if it were already a reality—and then speaking it and expecting it until it manifests itself. Again, everyone lives by this definition of faith, and people usually receive exactly what they have faith for. Why? Human beings were created in God’s image to operate in the way He does through words of faith. “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9).
People live either by positive faith—based on the Bible—or negative faith. Both come by the same means: what we listen to and believe. Sometimes our prayers fail because we have the wrong kind of faith. It is not that we lack faith; we have the wrong kind of faith. Understanding the different kinds of faith and how faith functions are key preparations for prayer.
Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me positive faith. Teach me to always pray in faith according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.