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Prayer and the Work of Faith

William GuthrieThe grace of faith in prayer apprehends things beyond the reach of human reason, and brings them home to the believer. According to William Guthrie:

Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)

The work of faith in prayer is to turn over all the suits that the supplicant puts up into the hand of Christ the Mediator, that for His sake, intercession, and mediation they may be accepted of God, and answered in things according to His will; which implies a disclaiming of any works or merit in the person’s self that is praying. Says Daniel: “Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord s sake.” Not for my sake, nor the people’s sake, nor for anything that we can do, but for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. He puts all the suits upon Christ’s account, that in His name they may come before the Father and be accepted. . . .

Faith says to the soul, “Carry in subordination unto God; let not your words be rash, nor your thoughts and conceptions of Him unsuitable.” Faith made Abraham say, “I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.” It is an excellent work of faith, to make us to ascribe to Him that which is due to Him – glory, honor, and dominion forever, and to take shame and confusion of face unto ourselves.

Faith’s work in prayer is to furnish the supplicant with subject matter of prayer, viz., to gather the promises that are here and there in the Bible. And then it not only furnishes matter, but it furnishes a mouth to speak unto God; it opens the mouth to speak unto God that which the soul hath gathered. Nay, it furnishes feet to go unto God with the matter gathered. Nor does faith only furnish matter, and a mouth to speak it, and feet to go to God with it, but it is as wings unto the soul, whereby it flies as it were with wings unto heaven with the petition that it hath to put up to Him for itself, or for His work, or for His Zion. Oh, hut this is an excellent work of faith! It makes them that wait upon the Lord “mount up as on eagles’ wings; and walk, and not be weary; and run, and not be faint.”

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