Knowing If Your Faith is Up to Par

Ever tried to figure out if you had enough faith to get the job done? Maybe you’re a bit like Bryan. He looks like he has faith. If you need a prayer warrior you’d want him in your corner. The guy can pray up a storm. Bold prayers. Spot-on prayers. He knows what he’s doing.

Ahh, but when Bryan is alone and left to fend for himself, guess what? He doesn’t believe in his own prayers. It’s not prayers that indicate faith – it’s something else.

We know the Bible says, “Without faith it’s impossible to please God.” But how much faith is the right amount? Let’s find out if you’ve got enough faith.

Here’s How to Check Your Faith Level:

Listen not just to what you pray – listen to what you SAY. What you say indicates what you believe. If what slips out of your mouth when you’re not praying doesn’t match up with what God’s Word promises, then you really don’t have faith in God’s promises.

Matt 12:34 says,

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

You will spontaneously speak what you believe. If you want to know how much faith you have just listen to what oozes out of your lips. The Psalmist writes in chapter 116 verse 10, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” What you really believe dictates what you say.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What do you say when you are under pressure?
  • What do you say when you are upset?
  • What do you say when no one else is around?
  • What do you say under your breath?

Here’s the deal – What seeps out of your mouth is what you really believe. 

Remember the story where Jesus and the disciples were caught in a storm? It’s in Mark 4:38. Waves were pouring into their boat threatening to sink it. Petrified, they woke Jesus up and said in a panic, “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?”

Drown? Really?! Didn’t they realize they were with Jesus, the guy who could save them? Weren’t they just listening to him explain how the kingdom worked and watching him do miracles up and down the street?

You would think hanging around Jesus and watching him in action would boost faith. But when the boat started rocking, what came out of their mouths revealed how much faith they had: “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?”

Do you see what they said and what it revealed? They said, “we are going to drown.” That’s what they believed. That’s not faith!

If you want to know how much faith you really have, listen to what comes out of your mouth when you’re not praying. It’s a dead give-a-way!

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If You’re On the Verge of Giving Up On One of Your Prayers, Hang On and Read This…

Do you have a prayer that’s still in “wait mode”? Oh, me too!

I love the story in Luke 18:1 about the persistent widow. She pretty much said, “Jesus, I’m not leaving you alone until you give in!” She did not let up until he healed her. That takes guts, that takes boldness, and that takes determination.

And guess what? Jesus rewards that kind of gumption.

If you and I could develop that kind of persistence, we’d get a lot more prayers answered.

I’ve been guilty a time or two of giving up when I didn’t see God answer my prayer. You too?

But here’s the deal.

During the waiting, we need to keep praying.

Had the persistent widow quit being persistent, she wouldn’t have recieved what she had been asking for. Keep asking and you’ll eventually get an answer. Quit and you will never get an answer.

So I want to encourage you…

Don’t give up until God answers.

He may say yes.

He may say no.

He may say wait.

During the waiting, keep praying.

How do you deal with prayers that are still in wait mode? Share with us, the comment section is waiting for you!


How You Can Grab God’s Attention
Ever feel like God is out to lunch when you are praying?  Does he really hear you? Maybe he’s sipping on a tall vanilla latte at Starbucks and he really doesn’t have time to listen to you today? Or maybe he doesn’t even want to! Ouch!

How often have you bombarded heaven’s door  only to feel like your prayer bounced back into your lap? So, let me ask…Are you frustrated in any way with your prayer life? Or embarrassed because you really don’t have one?  Maybe you’re disappointed because only some prayers have been answered. Or you’re looking at others who have gotten exactly what they prayed for and your feeling shortchanged.

I’ve been there. I totally know what ALL that feels like. And let me tell you…

Help is on the way!

I asked 100’s of people what their most pressing questions were about prayer. I went into chat rooms and forums and noted the most frequently discussed prayer dilemmas. Then I went to work answering those questions. Through years of study and 20 years experience as a pastor, I have learned a lot about prayer and I want to help answer those questions for you.

I have discovered that people really do want to pray, but sometimes they don’t know how. And they don’t always believe that their prayers make a difference. Many give up. That’s exactly what the enemy would want. Do you feel like that could be you?

This is why I have written a book to address some of the most common questions and frustrations about prayer. It’s called, Grabbing God’s Attention – The Art of Praying Like a Pro. It’s available on Amazon in the Kindle edition or as a PDF that can be printed.  The PDF option is great because it allows you to write in the “Taking-Action” sections so you can immediately put to use what you have been reading. Grab it today and start digging in!

You Can Be a Prayer-Ninja!

If a person would want to change the world, all he needs to do is teach people to pray. Well, I’m looking to change the world. Want to help me do that? If you can learn how to Grab God’s ear, you will change your world and the world around you. Talk about a prayer-ninja!

This book will help you learn how to approach God boldly. This book will give you assurance that he wants to talk to you just as badly as you want to talk to him. I’ll offer you guidance and tips that will take you from feeling like prayer is a duty to feeling like prayer is one of the most satisfying activities of your daily life. It is so amazing to have a great conversations with God and to know when you speak, he hears!

By the time you are done with this book, you will see that prayer is as natural as talking to your friend or companion. No fear, no worries.

God is waiting for you to come and tell him what’s on your mind. Get the book that will help you Grab God’s Attention. Soon you will be praying like a pro!

Click here for the Amazon Kindle version. Or click here for the PDF version that you can print.

Grab the book so you can Grab God’s Attention!!

Dr. Linda Travelute


Two Things That Could Keep You From Praying
Over the years I’ve heard people describe desert-like experiences with God. They go on explaining their state by saying they, “Just can’t pray.” Well, what’s that all about? It means something is blocking them from connecting with God. Secretly they might even blame God for the disconnect. He’s the problem, right? He doesn’t want to hear their prayers.

Maybe that’s you too. Are you feeling like He’s…um, out to lunch? Or maybe hitting up Starbucks and He’d rather catch up with you later? Your prayers are getting hijacked. Something is blocking heaven, right? No, wait up. That something blocking your prayers is you!

It’s not God who doesn’t want to talk, it’s you, who doesn’t want to talk with God.

I’ve come to realize that when someone says they can’t pray, it really means they WON’T pray.

God says His ears are open to the prayers of the righteous. His ears are attentive to their cries. So don’t go telling me God’s the problem. Read it for yourself in 1 Peter 3:12.

We can audaciously and boldly get in His face. In Hebrews 4:16, the Bible says, “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

So what’s the REAL reason you can’t pray?

1. Maybe You Don’t Feel Worthy

If that’s true for you, then get worthy!

All it takes is telling God how sorry you are for the things that aren’t right in your life and you’re on your way.

Acts 3:19 says, “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.” (From the Message)

Ask for forgiveness. What are you waiting for? The ball’s in your court. Spill it and soon you’ll be in God’s court.

2. Maybe You Don’t Believe

Ahh, now that’s a problem, isn’t it? Why would you ask God for anything if you don’t believe? You won’t! So, let’s fix that. This is nothing earth shattering here, but just ask God to help you believe.

I love the story in the Bible where the guy says to Jesus, “I do believe, but help me to believe more” Huh?! He believed but apparently it wasn’t enough. Been there. Done that. What I did: I asked for more belief. Guess what? God delivered. He backed up a truckload of belief into my yard and started dumping. Little by little I believed more and more. Eventually I was waist deep in belief.

Do you need more belief? Ask God for it. No shame in that. And when you do, you too, will be ready for a face to face with God.

What other challenges have you faced in prayer? Leave your comments. Talk to you soon!

If you found this helpful, you might want to read this one:                  How to Handle It When God Doesn’t Answer You