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ASK, BELIEVE, RECEIVE

Date: September 26

Category: God Answers

Mark 11:24
"For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiIn this passage, Jesus is teaching His disciples about faith. In verse 22 we read, "And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]." So the first thing our faith should be directed towards is God. Then in verse 23 Jesus talks about speaking to the mountain and commanding it to be thrown into the sea. He says that if we believe what we have spoken then it will be done for us. So according to verse 23, our faith should then be directed towards our words. Then the third area that our faith should be directed towards (which we read in our verse today) is prayer. As we pray for things, we have to believe that what we've prayed for has already been granted to us.

There are three different steps mentioned here. The first step is to ask in prayer. The second step is to believe, and the third step is to receive. So God wants His children to ask Him for things in prayer. But once we ask Him, He wants us to believe that He will answer our prayers. Then when we believe that He will answer, we will receive what we've asked for.

For example in James 1:5 we read, "If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him." In other words, if you lack wisdom and you don't know what to do about a situation in your life, then you need to ask God for the wisdom that you need. It says here that God will give it to you. But notice what it says in verse 6. "Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind." So notice that once you ask, you must have faith because it's only faith that will cause you to receive what you've asked for. Then in verse 7 it says, "For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord." Doubt will stop your prayers from being answered.

So according to James 1:5-7, asking and receiving are connected together by faith. If you need a healing in your body, then you have to ask God in prayer for Him to touch you. But if after you've prayed you say to yourself, "Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't," then you've just cancelled out everything you've just prayed. God's Word cannot come to pass in your life if you have doubts towards it. After you pray for healing, you have to believe that you are going to be healed. Expect that healing will come. 1 Peter 2:24c says, "By His wounds you have been healed." The verb in this sentence is written in past tense, meaning you have already been healed. Healing has already been given to you. Now you have to receive it and you do that by faith.

So faith is what takes you from asking to receiving. But what is faith? There is a Biblical definition found in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]." There are some things that we hope to receive in our lives. Faith is the assurance of those things that we hope for, meaning because of faith we are already sure that we will receive what we hope to receive even before it happens. Faith is also the proof of things not seen. Sometimes after we've prayed for things, we may not see the results right away. Well faith is the proof or the evidence of things we cannot see, meaning faith gives us peace that we have received what we've prayed for even though we cannot see it with our natural eyes yet.

Faith is so important if you want to receive what you've asked for. So according to Mark 11:24, Jesus wants us to ask for things in prayer. But once we ask Him, He wants us to believe what we have asked for. That means having faith, trust, and confidence that He will answer our prayers. As we pray for things that are in line with God's Word, and as we believe without wavering, then God is activated by our faith to bring those things into existence in our lives. So today, let's ask God for great things in our lives and let's believe that He will answer our prayers. As we do that, we can be sure that we will receive!

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