Matt 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.

This scripture is behind the principle of praying in all your funding without making any public appeal or even letting people know what you are trusting the Lord for. There is nothing wrong with making appeals, but during my period of training keeping strictly to the guidelines was very helpful. The thinking is that if you are not looking to people to respond to your appeals then there is no barrier to how much or from where your help can come.

Another scripture supporting this principle of faith is Psalm 78:17-20,

But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.18 And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy.19 Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?”

There is that deep-seated unbelief in the heart of man, doubting whether God can answer prayer without our little help. That was the battle raging in my heart in those early days of learning the principles of faith for finance. Was it not foolish to be giving away money when I was in dire need of cash myself? How can God send money my way to meet my exact amount without anyone knowing I was praying for it? That was why I had to adhere strictly to the rule: not to take the honorarium as the answer to my prayer. It was an expected source.

Lesson number one was to learn to walk before I can run. Lesson number two was to realise that praying for money was different to working for money. What I did, or didn’t do, or the thoughts and intentions in my heart had nothing to do with getting paid for work I did, or asking people for help to do the work of God. When living by faith though, it all mattered.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Though I was starting from ground zero and praying for just £1 any iniquity in my heart would still be an issue. So living by faith was a real help towards personal holiness. Lesson number three was that it taught me how to hear from God. When the prayer was heard, and the answer was on its way, I could not pray anymore on that matter, no matter how I tried. The assurance of faith was almost as tangible as the cash.

One morning in College I returned from the bathroom to find a pound note had been slipped under my pillow (£1was a note in those days). My first breakthrough in finance by faith. I asked the Holy Spirit what to believe for next. He said, £5. This time the heart searching was deeper. Things I had to put right were more of my motives and my thought life than my outward behaviour. Thinking more notes would follow the first one I kept checking under my pillow every morning, but there was no show. Instead the deliverance came in Swansea city centre. We were at a prayer meeting held in a Baptist church on a Friday night. At the end of the meeting someone approached me with an envelope. Inside was £5 exactly. Slowly but surely the money started coming in until by the end of the first year I had paid off my fees and bought everything I needed.  

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