“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”* Jesus spoke those words. Jesus spoke that truth. He told His disciples that believing before seeing was important. This is still true today. When we pray, we should believe that we have received what we are asking. Now, “whatever you ask” doesn’t mean that you can ask for a unicorn and expect it to show up. It doesn’t mean that you can ask for anything that seems pleasing to you without consulting God. We need to pray and ask God in agreement with His Word. We need to be aligned with His promises and with who He is. This is why it is crucial to know the Word of God so we know what to ask. Sometimes I have no idea if what I am asking is in line with God’s Word so I pray. I pray for the Holy Spirit to show me the truth and to reveal to me if what I want is God’s will. Sometimes it takes time for me to find out. Sometimes it is a very quick answer. I strongly encourage you to ask God for clarification, for guidance, for insight and for confirmation. He will confirm His will. He will clarify your situation. He will give you some great insight about your request and He will guide you throughout the process.
Friend, once you know that your request is in line with God, ask God in prayer. That is the next step. Don’t hesitate to go to the Father in the name of Jesus and ask Him. We often miss that step. We wish very strongly but we don’t actually pray and ask God. Why ask Him? Doesn’t He already know? He does but He loves to hear your request. He loves to hear your voice. He loves to see that you depend on Him. Praying to God is an act of faith. We could choose to turn to someone else or to something else but when we pray, we demonstrate that God is the One who matters the most. Let’s be sure to always pray to God before we turn to others for help. Prayer should be number one because our Lord is number one. Whatever you are going to ask in prayer, the Lord knows about it. He knows how your issue started. He knows where it is coming from and He knows how to fix it and how to provide for you. Take it to the Lord in prayer knowing that God knows everything there is to know about your request and He is more than capable to help you and to get you through anything. He can do anything!
Believing before you see is not what we are used to. It sounds counterintuitive and it is not what our minds want to do. It is praying with faith. Praying with confidence in the Lord and in what He can do. When you think about it, if you trust and believe that God can do anything and that He is all-powerful, you shouldn’t doubt that He will answer your prayer. Focusing on believing. Increase your belief bucket. We all have a bucket that can be filled with fear or filled with faith. We should work on filling up the bucket with faith so we can believe before we see. Faith gives us eyes that see beyond the natural. Faith believes before it sees and it invites us to join in that mindset. We can’t expect miracles if we don’t have a bucket big enough to receive the miracles. We need to empty ourselves of ourselves and fill up with the Lord. He is the King of hope. He is the author of our faith. He tells us to see what’s not there and to believe that it is there. Faith is great and we can have faith when we stand on Jesus and we keep on listening to what He has to say. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Let’s be exposed to the Word. Let’s be touched by the Word. let’s be filled with the Word and we will believe before we see. My prayer for you is that your faith keeps increasing and that you have the ability to believe before you see and that you trust that the Lord has already answered your prayers. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Mark 11:24*; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6