A few weeks ago I was busy “minding my own business” when suddenly the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Your
prayers should be a continuation of your faith.” I thought, “Well, that’s interesting”, and continued what I was
busy with. Then suddenly He spoke again, like it was just a short pause. He continued to say, “Your faith should be
a continuation of your prayers”. This time I paused just a little bit longer on what He said, but again continued
working with the intention of reflecting on His sudden conversation once I was done. Then just like it was another
short pause, He spoke again and said, “Your lives should be a continuation of both”. Well, I can tell you that got
my attention! In the days to follow I pondered and meditated on His seemingly strange comments.
I have walked with the Lord for a long time now, and I’ve learned that He never just speaks; He always has a
message, His timing for the message is always immaculate, and it is always loaded with potential like a budding
seed, ready to explode with exponential growth. I’ve also learned that there is a prophecy in every word spoken by
Him. So, what EXACTLY was He saying to us? What exactly was the hidden nugget contained in His words, and
what exactly was the timing for His words? I continued to mull on the contents and as I did understanding came,
and this is what I would like to share with you.
“Your prayers should be a continuation of your faith.”
This statement is wonderfully encapsulated in Proverbs 16:2 in the Amplified bible: “Roll your works upon the Lord
– commit and trust them wholly to Him; (He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall
your plans be established and succeed.” The Lord is saying here that our faith – in Him, in His Word, and in His
willingness to answer our prayers – should be the catalyst, the foundation from which we should direct our
As we’ve read in Proverbs, when we submit our thoughts, our will, our intents, and our purposes to His will, then
our plans shall be established. Why? Because we are promised that when we are yielded to Him, He will infuse His
will, His plans and His purposes into our minds in such a way that we will begin to think just like He does. It is
when we think Godly thoughts and pray Godly prayers that we will begin to see the manifestation of our faith-filled
Our faith – in God – should always be the foundation from which our prayers originate. So, in essence, our faith is
the embryo, the nucleus, and the birthing place of all of our prayers. Our prayers, our lives, and our subsequent
actions should be the outspoken declaration of our faith.
“Your faith should be a continuation of your prayers.”
What is interesting here is the hidden continuous future tense. If my prayers are the spoken expression of my faith,
then my faith should also be the continuation of my prayers. In other words, my prayers should stimulate an action
– the action of continuous faith – in action, until the manifestation of the Lord’s will is seen or experienced.
“Your lives should be a continuation of both.”
What an incredibly powerful summary of the fundamental essence of our lives. We live through Him, for Him, and
by Him. Faith is the fundamental nature – the very quintessence of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our
lives should be a continuous extension of His person. In Heb 11:1 (Ampl) we read, “Now faith is the assurance (the
confirmation, the title-deed) of the things (we) hope for, being the proof of the things (we) do not see and the
conviction of their reality – faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.”
The Greek word for faith used here is “Pistis”, which means the moral conviction of the truthfulness of God,
reliance upon Christ, and the constancy of our profession. According to this passage, our faith is the title deed for
what we hope for. Imagine you receive a letter in the mail one day informing you that you have inherited property
somewhere. Included in that letter is also the title deed to that property. That title deed is the proof of your
legitimate ownership. So, our faith expressed through our prayers is the title deed of the things we ask for when
the Lord initiates our prayers in our hearts, spirits and then through our minds - which have been renewed by His
In Colossians 1:9 (Amplified Bible) the Apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Colosse, makes a profound
statement when he revealed his prayers to God on their behalf. He said, “asking that you may be filled with the full
(deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom (that is, in comprehensive insight into the ways and
purposes of God) and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things.”
Now let’s go back to the Lord’s word when He said our lives should be a continuation of our faith and our
prayers. In essence what He was saying is this: Our prayers – being inspired by the knowledge of His will as the
basis of our faith, and our faith being a continuation of our prayers should be reflected by our words (spoken faith)
and consequently by our action filled lives… continuously. In His words the Lord is encouraging all of us to
actually LIVE our faith in Him from a foundation of the total and moral conviction in our hearts of the truthfulness
of God, reliance upon Christ, and the constancy of our profession.
This is actually the reciprocal of what we all too commonly see happening in the world today. For too long,
Christians in this nation have allowed themselves to be gagged, intimidated, and paralyzed by the anti-Christ.
Through this word, the Lord is giving us the mandate to rise up as His body, His representatives, and to become
offensive instead of being defensive in our faith.
The Constitution of the USA is saturated with that same moral and outspoken conviction, and it is the moral and
spiritual duty and responsibility of every true Christian in this nation to actively promote and instill those same
convictions in a morally deprived society. There are far too many “CINO’s” (Christian in name only) in our
society. We – the Lord’s representatives – are called upon to saturate every level of society with His morals, His
standards, and His life-giving laws. We – His people – should be present, active, and participative in every level of
society where, through (His) elected officials, the moral intrinsic worth of our faith and consequently that of every
institute is established. This is the parable of the yeast in action, and this wonderful opportunity is embedded in the
foundation and expressed purpose of our Constitution!
The Lord in His mercy has shown me several snapshots of an unprecedented move of His Spirit coming upon
America that will have far-reaching effects across the Northern hemisphere. This move will have its greatest
emphasis in the church with a restoration of holiness, sanctification, and dedication. In Luke chapter 18 we read
the Lord’s parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge who eventually, because of the widow’s
persistency, granted her petition. The widow’s earnestness prevailed. What is important in this parable is the way
the Lord ended in verse eight when He asked, “Yet when the Son of Man comes, shall He find (persistence in) the
faith on the earth?” (Amplified Bible)
What will the Lord find when He comes to visit us? Will He find absolute, action-filled faith amongst His children,
or will He find the same pretense of faith from His people that has allowed moral degeneracy and the anti-Christ to
instill fear and intimidation every time we express our faith and the Godly values and principles embedded in our
When we, God’s people, will live our faith and stand united, America will stand united.
We - God’s people - are to drive out the darkness, the immorality and depravity. We are called upon to stand as a
unified army just like Joshua’s army facing the impenetrable walls of Jericho. When we act as a cohesive whole;
when we shout the convictions of our faith – our prayers; when we surround the enemy – through our unification
and faith, through the constancy of our profession, when our lives are a continuation of our faith; then and only
then, will we see the glory of the Lord as the walls come crashing down.
The words the Lord spoke to me are extremely timely. Right now, and for the next two years, we have been given
a small window of opportunity; so let us unite as God’s people. Let our prayers, our faith, our actions and our lives
make a way for the Lord and His coming move to change the course of this nation forever back to God. Let the
Son of Man find the faith He’s looking for amongst His people!
We the People… God’s People!!
|Faith or Pretense?
By Izak Bester