Are you in a faith battle today? Have you been waiting on God, trusting Him to do something for a long time, and what you desire has not yet manifested? I want to encourage you today. Mark 11:23-24 says, “Have faith in God. If you say to this mountain be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and believe in your heart and do not doubt, you will have what you say. Verily, I say unto you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and ye shall have it.”
Today, let’s focus on the phrase, “Believe you have received it and ye shall have it.” Have you ever wondered why Jesus used two tenses in that sentence? He said, “You have received” and “ye shall have.” I have often thought, “How can I receive something now (present tense), AND receive it later (future tense)?” In my finite mind, that seems contradictory at best, but in Jesus’ mind it makes perfect sense because He knows if He promises you something, it’s as good as done.
BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED
Did your earthly parents ever promise to buy you a gift you wanted for your Birthday? If they said yes, it was as good as yours, right? All you had to do was to wait for your birthday to arrive. You had no doubt that you would eventually have your heart’s desire in your hot little hands. In the same way, when you ask God for something that He has promised in His Word, you must believe you have received it, meaning that the request is granted, and the answer is “yes, and amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20)! For example, in the ninth chapter of Daniel, when the Prophet prayed for the nation of Israel, the angel, Gabriel, came to visit him and said, “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued” (v. 23). This means that although his prayer was not answered right away, God immediately set things in motion that would allow him to receive what he asked of God. In other words, the request was granted WHEN the prophet prayed.
EXPERIENCE THE JOY AND PEACE OF GOD
Child of God, do you believe that your prayer request is answered in the affirmative WHEN you pray? If you truly believe God’s answer is “yes,” you will experience joy and peace as a result. The Bible says in Romans 15:13, “Joy and peace are found in believing.” Your belief that what you ask for is yours will cause you to have a joyful anticipation in your heart about what is to come. Therefore, believe your prayer request has been granted. Your faith in that reality will enable you to patiently wait on the Lord’s timing with a confident and joyful expectation that what you desire is surely on the way. Therefore, even in the face of delay, do not lose hope. Focus on the fact that what you hope for will be in your possession in due time because your Daddy made you a promise.
What are you believing God for, and how do you keep hope alive when the going gets tough? Please leave a comment below.
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