July 12, 2022

Believe you Receive

“Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  Mark 11:24

Here is another part of “mountain moving” faith.  Believing you receive when you pray.  Have you ever found yourself praying the same things over and over and not seeing the desired results?  Today, I want to focus on this verse in Mark 11:24 that says to believe you receive WHEN you pray. 

I used to find myself asking God for the same things every day, kind of like hoping/wishing something would happen.  But one day I noticed in this scripture that I am to believe I receive it . . .  when I pray it, not when I see the results.  It’s like what we read earlier in Mark 11 when Jesus spoke to the fig tree.  He spoke the word over the tree but there was no immediate evidence on the outside that anything had happen.  Jesus didn’t stand there at the tree and keep speaking or praying until He “saw” something happening.  He went on His way and “believed He received”.  The next day they saw the results.  Jesus words went to the root of the tree and began to work immediately. On the outside there was no sign of anything happening, but as soon as He spoke, things began to happen beneath the surface.

It’s the same thing with us. When we pray to God, we instantly release the request into God’s hands.  Now He is working on it, this is when we start believing.  Whether it takes a few days, a few months or even a few years, we know God is working on it.  Now it is time to start thanking Him for His promise and that He is working on every detail of our concern/prayer.  God is so good and loves each one of us so much.  He looks forward to taking care of our petition.  Nothing is too big for Him!

Psalms 138:8 says, “The LORD will perfect what concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”  I like to look at it in the same way I would do with my own children.  If they have a problem and ask for help, sometimes I can fix it immediately and sometimes it may take a while.  But I go to work on it right away because I want to help them to overcome and be successful in everything they do. 

Today I want to encourage you to believe you receive WHEN you pray.  Recognize that your answer has started at the root of the issue and is working its way to the surface.  Now, you know He is at work on the issue, and you can begin to thank God for working on your requests and that your answer is on the way!  Lastly, enjoy the process as you walk step by step, getting closer with Him along the way!

Today’s scripture reading: Mark 11:20-24

20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 

21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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