3 Reasons To Have Faith in Prayer

“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.”

– Phillips Brooks

Our Faith is in God

My faith is not in my own ability because if it were, it would be shaky at best. Rather, my faith is in the unmovable Rock Who is God. Whatever God determines to do, He does. Who can stop it, so why not pray to God for His power to be able to meet whatever task you’re facing, and instead of lowering the tasks, make your prayer requests equal to the tasks?

Facing a Mountain

Are you facing a mountain that seems impossible to scale. Remember that “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). Who created the mountains? God did, so for God, no mountain is too high and no oceans too deep that He cannot conquer. Rely on Him and not on your own strength (as I often have and failed miserably).

Mustard Seed Faith

Job said, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2), so if what you’re praying for seems impossible, remember that God “can do all things” as long as it is His will. First, we must find out what God’s will is, then pray according to His will but with faith, because “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt 17:20). Mission impossible by ourselves but with God, it’s “mission possible.”


When Phillips Brooks said “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers” but instead, “pray for power equal to your tasks,” he was saying that we cannot do anything without God, but with God no mountain is too high and even a little bit of faith the size of a small mustard seed can move mountains since “nothing will be impossible for you” and for me.