We all want to believe God and see our prayers answered. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe you receive them, and you will have them.” There is a translation that I like that says, whatsoever things you desire. So, we have to desire it, we have to believe it, and we have to receive it. When I see that things are not lining up with what God says; I want to find out what the problem is, because I know the Word of God is not wrong, and I know God doesn’t lie. So, if something is not happening the way I think it should, I begin to dig and dig and I usually wind up having to change my thinking. God’s Word is always true and God will not violate His Word either, however, God will violate my understanding of it. Many times I think I know something, but when I read it again, then I realize; I didn’t know what I thought I knew. The Word of God is Spirit and every time we read it, God can reveal new things to us. Some Christians never get into reading the Word; they say, “well I’m not a good reader.” Child of God, that’s no excuse with all of the technology we have out there today. Today, we can get the Word of God on CD’s, i-pods & mp3s and we can listen to it all day long. The Word of God is ‘Spirit’ and it is ‘Life’!
Christians are getting Mark 11:24 backwards. What Mark 11:24 is saying, is, while we are praying, the desires are going to come. Prayer is not just about what we want; prayer should first involve time in the presence of God, by entering His gates with thanksgiving and then coming on into His courts with praise. The desires have to be born of the Holy Spirit and not from our flesh. We need to enjoy the promises of God and He sent forth His Spirit into our hearts to put His desires in us, to stir us up, and to give us certain things to believe in. It’s when we spend time in His presence that promises will spring up on the inside and desires will start to grow.
When God gave Abram the promise that he would have children as the stars, he was worshiping God and God gave him this desire for a supernatural birth of a child. Abraham’s name was originally Abram, and God told Abram, “I have made you a father of many nations, so your name is now going to be Abraham (which means a father of many nations).” God changed his name and he began to declare what God said he was. Over in Romans 4:17 it says, “as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, in the presence of Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” We need to get a revelation of this, because we were created in God’s image and likeness, and over in Ephesians 5:1, He tells us to be imitators of Him. So, if we are made in His image and His likeness, then we ought to be calling those things, which do not exist, as though they did; just like He did. Start calling yourself what God says you are.
It goes on to say in verses 18-21, “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, so shall your descendants be. And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” In other words, his faith became strong because of what he was saying to God and he gave birth to the promise like God said. If God promises it, then God has to do it! There is no telling what God has in store for us, if we will learn to just come into His presence, be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, believe it, declare it, and act it out in faith.