If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – (Matthew 21:22, NIV)
If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer. – (Matthew 21:22, ERV)
Everything you pray for with the fullness of faith you will receive! – (Matthew 21:22, TPT)
These words were spoken by Jesus to the disciples after He had commanded a fig tree to never bear fruit again, and they watched the tree wither before them. His words were not to create a culture of wishes being granted, but more to prove the power of prayer, when spoken in faith. The challenge in this is that there are always prayers that seem to go unanswered. In our limited understanding, that is how things appear. If we could see things through the lens of Christ, we would recognize that our prayers are answered His way, not ours. He hears every prayer that we pray, and is ever moving on our behalf. However, God is just and kind, and our prayers must align with His heart and His plans. I have prayed in faith, believing that God would bring healing on many occasions. Sometimes, healing is immediate, other times it is gradual, and still other times, the healing happens in heaven. What I do know, is that God is faithful to meet us in our need and provide His presence that moves mountains – both in our hearts and in our circumstances. May we ever turn to Him and lift our prayers, believing in faith that He will move either the mountains before us, or lead us over or around all that seems to stand in our way.
Call on the Lord,
In faith, seek His Name;
The truth we proclaim.
We know He’s good,
He hears each request;
His love holds us,
His grace does what’s best.
Let us choose ask,
Make our requests known;
God is faithful,
And His love is shown.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear every prayer spoken in faith. Thank You that answers don’t always look the way that we anticipate, but You are always good and have eternity in mind. Forgive us for our frustration and impatience when it seems that answers are not present. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would recognize You moving on our behalf, and trust that You have our ultimate good in mind. Show us how to love those around us, as we lift up prayers of faith, believing that You will answer all that we ask. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we lift up our prayers to You in faith, trusting that You will move mightily on our behalf. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7