By Dawn Wilson
Introduction and Conclusion by Brook Ardoin
This month, I have chosen a short but powerful piece by Dawn Wilson. The timing could not have been more perfect for today, as Joanie and I have just finished a 6-part video series on Prayer. The very first episode I did in this series deals with faith as all prayer is based on it. It is by no coincidence that it also directly agrees with my last two episodes 6 and 7, which I titled “Word Based Prayer”. God is good in that He always seems to give us confirmation when the message(s) we bring to you are in line with His will.
I follow a few Christian Facebook groups. There is not a day goes by that I do not come across prayer requests for family issues, health, financial troubles, etc. I pray for the requests. However, I do not believe I have ever posted a prayer request since I opened my Facebook account many years ago. Please understand that I am not saying that we do not also need the Body to help lift up our needs to the Lord and stand for us. Though I need the Lord’s assistance on a regular basis, He taught me such a powerful lesson fifteen years ago, and the purpose of this writing is to share it with you. It literally changed my life.
My 33 -year old son asked Jesus into his heart at the tender age of three years. He was on his knees with head bowed in the hallway of our house with his back facing me. I asked what he was doing and that is when he told me the great news. He wanted to go to the neighbors and tell them about Jesus. When he graduated from high school, he decided to dress gothic – Black clothing, eyeliner, and freaky contact lenses. He would leave the house to only God knew where. I guessed a gothic hangout in Nashville.
I prayed and asked God to change my son back into the young man I could recognize. After a week, I told him that if he wanted to wear the bizarre contacts and eyeliner to do so after he left the house because I felt like I was looking at someone who was not my family. We never got into an argument about it because I knew telling him not to dress that way would not change the situation. One night when he left the house, I went straight to my room and threw myself on my bed as tears poured down my face.
The very second I said, “Lord…” the normally still, small voice was not so small, but spoke loudly without my spirt. It said, “Dawn, DON’T”! I sat up and perched myself on the edge of the bed. There were no specific words that come to mind, but as I sat there, the Holy Spirit gave me understanding. My conscience fear was a hindrance that God could not work with. I needed to stand in faith for my son. I was filled with boldness and I railed at the enemy, telling him to get his hands off my sons and that my son belongs to God. I prayed in the spirit. After that night, I never prayed about it again. This was mainly because my son never dressed Goth ever again.
This one lesson on faith taught me that since conscience fear is a hindrance to God answering our prayers, so was any doubt included in my communication with the Lord. From that day forward, I never asked God to change a circumstance. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). For many years, I thought that “faith” in that scripture meant faith for salvation. “For he who comes to God must believe He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.
I believe this goes way beyond coming to God and seeking Him for salvation. It encompasses every single thing we need that God has. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith is the title deed in order for what is hoped for to come into reality. With faith, there is a shift from the supernatural into the natural. Hope is natural and faith the supernatural.
Understanding that faith is supernatural, the words in my prayers changed. I stopped asking God to DO anything. I began thanking Him for what I had not yet seen. For example, “Father God, in the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I thank You by faith that my son is a righteous man. I am so thankful that He loves and serves You. I praise You for directing His life and drawing him to You, Holy Spirit. I thank You for the hedge of protection with which You have surrounded him. I believe you have a great destiny for Him and I am excited to watch it unfold”.
I have seen great spiritual changes in my son. God is still working and I am grateful He loves my family more than I know how to love them.
We all are aware of the following scriptures, but before you reach out and ask someone to pray for you, I suggest reading the following passages and stand before God’s throne with faith.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” ~ Mark 11:24
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” ~ James 1:6
What a powerful lesson on faith! I see it every day – Magnitudes of Christians always turning to other people to believe for and with them. By no means is this wrong! In fact, there are times we are meant to go to our brothers and sisters in the Lord for prayer because He says that one of us can put 1000 to flight, but two … 10,000! There are times that our battle is so great, so strong, that we must utilize the Body to stand in faith and agreement with us.
The problem arises when we are always going to others for prayer, even for the very smallest of things that our faith should be mature enough to believe and receive from God. We must know what it is to stand on our own two feet in exercising our faith. We cannot rely on the faith of others to pull us through every need we have. If you continually feel you must always go to someone else to stand for or with you, how will your faith ever increase to where God says it needs to be? God expects you to be able to go it alone as well. There is great fulfillment and joy when God answers our prayers based upon our own faith.
Therefore, remember it is important to be able to do both – to stand on your own before the Throne of Grace and receive from God, as well as turn to the Body in times that He leads you to do so, that together your prayers can flood God’s ear and send the enemy legions fleeing!
You can visit our website here https://fireandfreedom.org/2018/06/19/prayer-series/ in order to listen to the latest series on prayer, which is based on the Word of God and years of experience in order to understand how to have mountain moving faith. Through properly exercising your faith, we are able to receive anything we ask according to His Word in prayer, and to live in the victory the Lord has for you.