Matthew 21:21-22 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
There is age old saying, “Be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it.” It is important for us to be serious about what we pray about because God is listening. The Psalmist said that God would gives us the desires of our heart when our ways pleased him.” (Psalm 37:4)
When we are connected to God and connected to his will, he will answer our prayer. Ironically enough, this discussion on prayer with Jesus and his disciples originated from a discussion about a fruitless fig tree that Jesus condemned.
Jesus didn’t find fruit on a fig tree and cursed it. It withered immediately just by him speaking to it. He told his disciples they could do the same thing and greater if they just believed. Prayer can be destructive if we ask for the wrong thing.
On the flip side, if we ask for the right thing -in the right way, it shall be given. When we pray God can say three things: yes, no, or wait. When we have faith and right motives his answer is more often than not, “Yes!”
How do we get a “yes” from God?
1. Have faith and do not doubt. Faith is believing in what you cannot see. It’s becoming more and more difficult for post-modern people to believe in a God they cannot see; so, they have put their faith in God’s they can see. Before the big fight the other night the commentators said of the two fighters, “One has put his faith in God, after his conversion to Christ and the other the god of money.” It’s easy to put our faith in what is seen. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
When we ask, we cannot doubt. He who believes in God must believe that he exists. Doubt removes the effectiveness of your prayer. It’s like taking your liquor with your medicine instead of water.
2. You can speak to impossible situations and they change. The power of life and death are in our tongues.
3. We can ask for whatever and we can receive it if we have faith. We can have whatever! That’s pretty amazing. I think we cut ourselves short by praying safe prayers. God is a big God but our prayers are often small. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine or conceive. Don’t make your prayers small.
Hear my prayer today. There is so much that I need you to do for me. I ask you God to do for me what looks impossible. Remove my debts. Increase my streams of revenue. Replenish my harvest. Deal with my enemies. Restore my health. Increase my favor. Restore the joy of my salvation. Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those that have walked on me and out on me. Thank you for not giving me what my sins deserve and thank you for giving me what I didn’t deserve which is everything.
In Jesus Name,