From the archives of Oral Roberts
What moves God to action? Contrary to what many people think, it isn’t our prayers. Prayer moves you and prayer moves me, but it is faith that moves God.
Prayer gets us into faith. Once I prayed in the Prayer Tower for seven hours before I felt faith being released out of my heart. Sometimes I can pray for just a few seconds and feel that faith is coming forth. It’s not a matter of how long or how short we pray, but that we pray until we experience faith moving in us and out of us toward God.
Prayer aims our faith. Paul taught that in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6). You might say, “Doesn’t God already know my needs?” Yes, He does. Matthew 6:8 says that God knows our needs before we even ask Him. If He knows our needs, then why do we need to make our requests known to Him? So we can aim our faith precisely at our needs.
Jesus once asked a blind man, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51 NKJV). Jesus and everyone else around could see that the man, Bartimaeus, was blind, yet Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He asked the question so Bartimaeus would focus his faith precisely on what he wanted from the Lord. Bartimaeus replied, “[Lord], that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”And immediately he received his sight (vv.51–52).
What do you desire of the Lord? Pray until you feel faith rising up in you. Pray specifically and aim your faith precisely, because it is your faith that moves God.