Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied
together. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a
science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must
understand. Christ says, "What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark
11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God's
will; we must ask for the things that He has promised, and whatever
we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the
promise is unequivocal.
For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike
temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has
promised, we may ask; then we are to believe that we receive, and
return thanks to God that we have received.
We need look for no outward evidence of the blessing. The gift is
in the promise, and we may go about our work assured that what God
has promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we
already possess, will be realized when we need it most.
To live thus by the word of God means the surrender to Him of the
whole life. There will be felt a continual sense of need and
dependence, a drawing out of the heart after God. Prayer is a
necessity; for it is the life of the soul. Family prayer, public
prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God that
sustains the soul life. Education 258.