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George Hartwell M.Sc. is a Christian counselor with a masters degree from the University of Calgary, 40 years experience and who integrates prayer therapy into his professional counseling practice.
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Jesus taught us to believe in our heart when we pray - Mark 11.
Jesus commanded a fig tree to wither. It did. He had faith of the heart. He spoke it. It was done.
(Side note: Do not underestimate the power of our words spoken with intensity and conviction. We may do way more harm than we can imagine with our words. If we speak with intensity against others, events, ourselves and our employer, we may get unexpectedly painful results. Manifesting fear, pessimism and hate is not a good idea!)
Jesus had a deep faith that "with God all things are possible." His heart had no doubts. He believed that what he said would be done. God's love, God's healing, God's deliverance from evil was manifest around Jesus. Where Jesus was present the Kingdom of God was present because love was in his heart.
On the other hand, God's kingdom does not manifest when there is doubt in our heart. When head and heart are divided our word does not stand, our prayers do not manifest. (We are talking about prayers flowing from love expressing our unity with God's heart, not selfish controlling prayers.)
James says when we ask God for wisdom we must believe and not doubt. Before we even ask, we are ready to receive. (Becasue God replies before we ask.) Both heart and mind are expectant and believing, waiting expectantly knowing that God gives wisdom.
In the faith of the heart prayers of Jesus there are no "ifs." The father of the epileptic son is rebuked for saying to Jesus: "If you can do anything." The disciples are told that they could not cast it out because of their unbelief. Jesus adds (Matthew 17:20) "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will day to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you."
Jesus tells Peter that he too can command a fig tree to wither or a mountain to move. What is the condition? That he speak the command without doubt in his heart - Mark 11: 22-25. Again comes the assurance that whoever says to this mountain be removed and cast into the sea, and does not doubt inb his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (So be careful what you say, what you curse and what you judge, lest you receive what you say.)
In my professional counselling practice, things get done in prayer. Faith of the heart prayer is used. I never let a significant prayer go by that I do not implement strategies of faith of the heart prayer. How do I do this? Here are some of the strategies in brief.
Faith of the Heart Prayer Strategies in brief:
1. Pray out loud.
2. Pray united, in agreement.
3. Listen before prayer.
4. Use the imagination. Create prayer pictures and dramas.
5. Use confession of sin.
6. Dialogue with Jesus to receive assurance of forgiveness of sin.
7. Use soaking prayer. Stay in touch with the feelings.
Head vs Faith of the Heart Notice how I use heart prayers in the article on How to pray for Baptism in the Holy Spirit.