When we listed our home a couple of years ago, the very first image we saw in our minds was the "sold" sign in the front yard. It was imperative that we focused on God's promises.
The key to believing is to believe without doubting that you already have the desired outcome. We don’t speak to our mountains in order to convince ourselves or build our faith. We speak to our mountains because they must submit to us. We must know the authority we have in Christ and be confident in it to see the results.
It is easy to have faith in something when we already know the outcome. If we tell our dog to "sit", we know he will "sit" by our command. We have full confidence that when we speak, he will listen. But, do we have confidence when we speak to a strange dog that it will obey?
It would have been easy during our house sale process to be discouraged, get off track, doubt. The enemy came at us many times. Because we knew the outcome however, the vision had been firmly planted in our hearts. We could confidently speak "sold" in Jesus name and know it was sold. We never waivered in that belief and never let the waves of the world's system toss us around. We stayed on course knowing the outcome ahead of time.
It is the same way in prayer. Speaking to our problems or sicknesses before we are convinced, will seldom have much effect. The key to effective prayer is to know the outcome ahead of time. We are so convinced of the will of God, of our authority in Christ and of the spiritual and physical outcome, that speaking to the problem is just the final piece of the puzzle. It puts into motion that which is already assured in the Spirit.
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34)
Spend time with God in the Word and prayer until the assurance is manifested in your heart. When the Spirit bears witness with our spirit, then we know that our words will effect change in the invisible and visible worlds.. There is no formula for this. It is the fruit of a relationship with God through His Word that brings us to a place of complete confidence, faith and authority through Jesus.
“that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:6)