Ask in Faith, Believe and Receive
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24
Whatever we ask believing we receive when we pray we will have. Reading these words on the face of it seems pretty simple and straight forward. The sticking point is not in the asking but in the believing when we pray we receive before we see it.
No one prays in faith and then doesn’t expect to receive. But something happens when we don’t truly commit to the idea of receiving when we pray. Most people, I imagine have no problem praying and then hoping to receive at some point in the future when they can see what they have prayed for.
But, having a settled, confident assurance that something prayed for is now realized at the same point in time when we pray is a challenge because our rational minds and our human understanding of life are not geared that way. From our childhood we discover and learn about our world by our senses, by sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing. Faith is something we learn overtime not by these but by experience.
We learn to have faith in Mom and Dad’s care and protection for us. When we cry, they respond. We learn to have faith in their words, their promises, their encouragement and their discipline when we realize how much they love us and how they always look out for our good. Once that trust is established we are confident it will always be there so when they tell us something we don’t hope they mean it. We know they mean it and so we accept their words as true at the moment in time when we hear them.
Consider this passage from James 1.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:5-7
If we trust the words of our human parents who are fallible and subject to failure, how much more surely should we trust the Word of God who is Truth and unchangeable forever.
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” John 16:23
“At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” John 16:26-27
Do you believe that God the Father loves you? Then, ask Him for whatever you need in Jesus’ name and you will receive it. That is the message of simple childlike faith.
What we believe about anyone’s words on anything is based on what we know about them. Knowing that God is Good and that He loves us, that He wants us to succeed, [Joshua 1:8], to prosper [3 John 2] and be in health even as our souls prosper is the basis of our faith in His promises and gives us the confidence to believe that when we ask Him for anything according to His will we will receive it.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32