Faith has been one of my favorite topics because without it we can’t please the Lord. Without faith we can’t know God and we can’t connect with Him. We have to have what I call basic faith to believe in God. Then we add layers to that faith until we build a wall of protection through faith. Brick by brick our fortress of faith becomes stronger. I believe that we can always grow in faith and the place of refuge made up of the layers of faith can always be bigger. However, we should never be discouraged and think that our faith is too small. A mustard seed of faith is a good start and it is enough. God wants us to believe in Him and He will do the rest. I am learning that faith not only speaks but it speaks of things as if they had already happened. Faith sees what our natural eyes can’t see and it talks about it with gratitude. It is a step beyond gratitude because it thanks the Lord in advance. Gratitude is often about something that we have or that has happened. Faith thanks the Lord in advance even when it doesn’t look like anything is happening. Faith transforms our prayers into prayers of gratitude for things to come. When I pray, I make a request to the Lord and then I thank Him for His reply. Every time I pray about that particular request I say thanks. I thank the Lord in advance and today I want to encourage you to do the same.
Add faith to your prayers by thanking the Lord in advance. It’s an extra brick that helps with the foundation of the outcome. You are adding faith as a layer to support what you prayed about. It is powerful when you are not speaking fear or negativity. You just need to stay in faith and expect the best. If we pray and then we keep on asking and keep on wondering if we will have what we prayed about, we are outside the realm of faith. Anything that is spoken about our prayer request should be spoken in faith. This means that we have to watch what we say about the subject of our prayer. Negative words and negative thoughts can work against us. As a matter of fact they always do. They can nullify our prayers and they can make a hole in our faith. Let’s say you are praying for a breakthrough in your career. You ask the Lord to guide you and to bless you with a promotion or an upgrade of some sort. If after you pray, all you talk about is how difficult it will be to get a promotion, you are sabotaging yourself. You are defeated before the race even starts so to speak. Thank God for the promotion. Thank God for the upgrade. Thank Him for coming up with the best solution for you in that situation. Thank Him that it is handled and that He has answered your prayer. What if it takes months you might say? Don’t give up. Keep on thanking the Lord in advance. Show Him that your faith is a wall that can’t be torn down by impatience and by the wait. Thank God during the waiting. Thank Him because He has the perfect timing all the time!
When you thank God in advance, you are in His perfect will for you. He desires for you to have faith and to stay in faith. If you thank Him before you see the outcome, you are telling Him that you know He is God and you know that He is faithful. Keep on thanking during prayer and any chance you get. The more you do it, the more it will impact your mind and your spirit and the more faith you will have. The goal is to be relentless with it and to keep on doing it. Circumstances will try to sway you in negative directions. Your body will try to make you change your mind through the feelings and emotions you will experience. The enemy will use anything to derail you. Stand your ground. Thank God for His goodness and His faithfulness. Thank Him for what your faith knows is going to happen. Start the morning with thanksgiving for what you have and for what’s to come. Be sure to end the day with thanksgiving for what you have and for what’s to come. Thank God in advance all the time. Let your faith rise. Let it speak. Let it grow into a stronghold of hope. Don’t look at how things are. Look at how your Lord is. Thank Him today for what’s coming tomorrow or the day after or the day after. God will always honor your faith. Stay encouraged!
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20