The biggest challenge believers have is discerning as to whether they are operating in faith, whether their request is against biblical principles, or whether they are making false presumptions.  How does a believer know whether their prayers will be answered and they should continue to stand, or whether they should move on?  Furthermore, when will their prayers be answered, and is something blocking them?  Or are they just being foolish?

One test would be are you able to discern which one of the following scenarios is operating in faith, out of foolishness, or falsely presuming something to be true:

Scenario A

A man receives a vision about a great business start up.  He is excited at the opportunity that he will be able to both work for himself, and that his purpose was revealed to him.  However, the man lacks the financial resources to turn the venture into a reality.  In terms of a loan, he is fearful that he will be turned down because his credit history hasn’t been the best due to being recently laid off, and falling behind on the bills.  He needs a financial miracle in order to start this business.

The man believes that he had heard from God and prays that the capitol to fund the business will somehow manifest.  To date, he is waiting on an answer and two months have lapsed.  Should he continue just praying, or reside himself to the fact that maybe he really didn’t hear from God?

Scenario B

A recent graduate is desperately seeking employment after obtaining her degree.  She worked really hard during her studies, and graduated with honors.  She knows that God placed her in this field, and God revealed to her that He would supply her the job of her dreams!

Six months have lapsed, yet she is still actively seeking employment every day and going for job interviews.  She is well qualified, and presents herself in a professional manner.  However, each time she is turned down.  She is falling behind in her rent and utilities as she cannot pay the bills.  If she doesn’t find something in the next month, she may face eviction.

Should she continue to believe for a job that God had promised her, or take something else?  Is she operating in faith?

Scenario C

Two very talented basketball teams have made it into the playoffs.  Each one wants to win the championship extremely badly.  One team prays to God for the win citing in their prayers that they should win because the majority of them are Christian, and this would be the way that God would get the glory in this situation.  They feel confident that they will win because they know Jesus, and the other team probably doesn’t.

They enter into the playoffs confident of victory.  Do you think they will win?  Why or why not?

Find out the answers to these questions in our May issue on discerning between operating in faith, being foolish, and assuming something to be true coming out on April 26th.