23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
You mean whatever I ask for in prayer, believe that I have received it, and it will be mine. That simple?
This is exactly what Jesus said. Religious people will definitely want to add other things to it but Jesus didn’t. According to Jesus, we only have to believe and we can have anything we ask for in prayer. That is all.
Some may ask, “I have believed and prayed but have not receive what I want. How do you explain that?”
In situation like this, either Jesus or you had been lying. If you have told me the truth then Jesus must be lying. He cannot be trusted anymore. Then the Bible will become useless. Therefore I choose to believe in Jesus and disbelieve in you.
“Are you calling me a liar?”
No, I am not. Jesus did and I choose to trust him more than you.
Here is an analogy:
If I switch on my radio and I don’t get my favourite channel, what should I do? Should I call the radio station and complain on their poor transmission? Or should I check my radio first? Logically I should check on my radio first, especially when other people can get the transmission. The likelihood of the radio transmission service to be interrupted must be very small compared to the likelihood of my radio being tuned to the wrong channel.
I believe my God is more reliable than the radio transmitter. If I pray and I don’t get what I pray for, then I choose to believe that the error comes from the receiver, that’s me. As far as I am concern, the transmitter (God) is perfect. There is nothing wrong with him. I have settled in my heart and convinced beyond doubt that his greatest desire is to bless me beyond my wildest dream. So, if I do not receive what I ask for in prayer, that fault must be with me. I choose to take responsibility in finding out where the error is.
According to the above verse, I need to believe I receive. This gives me a clue. Something must be wrong with my beliefs. It is possible that I thought I believe but actually I didn’t. I have to strengthen my faith. I will have to listen more to faith messages, confess more on God’s blessing for me, meditate more on the promises of God in my life or any other things the Holy Spirit prompted me to do, if I really want to receive what I ask for in prayer.
Alternatively, I could choose to respond like a loser – give up and blame the person who preached faith. I suspect this is one of the excuses by the anti-faith group.
“Kenneth Copeland told me I can have what I ask for when I prayed if I believe. Well, I did that but I did not receive what I prayed for. Therefore, Kenneth Copeland must be a false prophet.”
Then they will proceed to write all the bad things about him and fabricated all the “evidence” to support their claims.
However, if they ever stop to think about it, they should ask, “Does it help?”
Does giving up and slandering help you to get what you want in prayer? Certainly not! Without taking responsibility, there can be no improvement.
What is you choice today? Are you going to take responsibility and improve, or are you going to give up.
As for me and my household, we choose to believe in the faithfulness of our God. We will never allow anyone to talk us into giving up.