Saturday, January 19, 2013

Praying - Believe

There are many conditions for answered prayer given in the New Testament. I'm not going to pretend that we will cover them all in this series. But hopefully the ones we do cover will be an encouragement to you in your prayer life.

Today we are looking at the condition of believing.

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

 When we pray we need to believe that we will receive what we ask. Now you might be thinking, "That's too much of a blank check." Remember, there are many conditions to answered prayer. This is one of them.

 Remember what James writes about asking for wisdom:
Jas 1:4-8 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Notice the emphasis on believing. We must trust God and believe that He is faithful to His promises.

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