“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24
Some of the most thought-provoking Biblical studies are based on the concept of believing we receive, from the passage found in Mark 11:24. Believing to receive from God is something that the Master Himself taught Hid disciples about. And not only did He teach it in this section of Scripture, but He also taught it throughout His earthly ministry.
Some are those who would view this portion of Scripture in Mark 11:22-24 as isolated teaching, and not suitable for building a doctrine upon. However, if we look closer, we can clearly see that this message was not isolated at all, but was taught at several crucial points in Jesus’s ministry.
In the early part of His ministry, when Jesus was training Hid disciples His disciples asked Him to teach them how to have more faith.
Like 17: 5-6 says, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, increase our faith. And the Lord said, if you had faith as a grain of a mustard seed, you might say unto the mulberry tree. Be uprooted and be planted in the sea; and it will obey you.
What’s the principle He is teaching? The essence of His statement, to break it down to its simplest form, is that if you had faith, you would say, and it would obey. This undergirds the notion that the release of faith has something to do with speaking words of faith, or speaking faith-filled words. And this was spoken by the Lord while He was raising up His disciples. Jesus taught faith, and He illustrated it in His teachings and demonstrated how it worked. He was and is the authority on how faith works. the Bible say that He is both the author and finisher or perfectly, of our faith.
Jesus taught this principle of faith again on another occasion, after his had sent forth His disciples two by two to heal the sick, and to cast of demons and raise the dead. They were initially very successful in their endeavors, but then, at a certain place mentioned in the ninth chapter of Mark, came upon an unclean spirit that would not come out when they commanded it to. Jesus ultimately resolved the situation by casting out the unclean spirit, and the disciples room their question to Him.
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast Him out? And Jesus said to them, because of your unbelief: for verily I say if you have faith of a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Move from here to there; and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you, Matthew 17: 19-20
He told them it was their unbelief that had hindered them. Jesus had evidently not been told the cardinal rule that you should never suggest that someone’s faith may be at fault when they don’t get results. No one has told Him that it might hurt their feelings of make them feel bad. He just came right out and said it, “ Because of your unbelief…”
Because of your unbelief. You know, if you stop and think about it, that’s another way of saying that the devil would not come out because you didn’t believe he would. You could say, and probably be accurate, that the disciples made a command of faith they didn’t believe would come to pass. The incident took place in the middle of Jesus’s ministry. So then Jesus taught this principle of faith from the start to the finish of His earthly ministry.
Hebrews 10:36 says “Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He promised.”
You see, there is a patience factor in the faith process. You can believe in your heart that you’re healed, even with your body and head telling you that your not. So, we must indeed that faith is of the heart, not the head. And we must believe we receive when we pray