“God that cannot lie promised.” Titus 1:2
Faith is not working up by will power a sort of certainty that something is coming to pass, but it is seeing as an actual fact that God has said that this thing shall come to pass, and that it is true, and then rejoicing to know that it is true, and just resting because God has said it.
Faith turns the promise into a prophecy. While it is merely a promise it is contingent upon our cooperation. But when faith claims it, it becomes a prophecy, and we go forth feeling that it is something that must be done because God cannot lie. (Streams in the Desert)
“Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration. Moses endured, not because he had an ideal of right and duty, but because he had a vision of God” (Oswald Chambers).
Faith always costs something. I fail the test when I balk at waiting, or am too timid to act upon the knowledge I do have. I met a small group of intercessors in western Michigan who have met every Monday morning for twenty years to pray for specific needs in the world, in their state, and those right next door. I shared indisputable evidence that God is answering one of their long standing prayers in a mighty way and they began to weep and worship God Almighty. I have rarely witnessed such gut wrenching gratitude. Their faith had obviously cost them much, but to a person they declared the results well worth the wait. Faith demands extravagant love for both the object of intercession, and the Father to whom we pray.