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Monday, September 14, 2015

Faith Is Thanking God in Advance

In review of Mark 11:24 it says "When you pray and you ask for something, believe that you have received it and you will be given what you asked for.”
 
Bottom Line:
What you ask for in prayer, God will provide if you have faith.

What this means to me:
When I pray and ask God for something, I should believe and have faith that God will respond and provide to me what I need.

Today I’m learning that having faith also requires thanking God in advance. Jesus said, “When you pray and you ask for something, believe that you have received it and you will be given what you asked for” (Mark 11:24 TEV).

Thanking God after you get something, that’s gratitude. However, when I thank him in advance, it's  part of my faith.

If someone handed me a check for a thousand dollars, I wouldn’t wait until I cashed it to thank them. I’d thank them right now. But the thousand dollars wouldn’t really be mine until I actually cashed it, because that check is really a promise. When I received the check, I thanked that person who gave it to me, believing that the person was credible and had enough money in the bank to cover that check. So part of my faith is thanking God in advance for what he is about to provide m.

Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29b NIV).

In summary, when I pray and ask God for something, I should believe and have faith that God will respond and provide to me what I need. This morning I thank you God, for I can’t believe how much you want to provide when I ask. I don’t think this verse is suggesting that I have a simple ordering system; pray, believe and receive. God knows what is best for me, and will willingly provide to me, but he want’s my heart and desires in the right place. I cannot simply ask for my own selfishness. I should be asking in line with his will for me and to benefit those he brings into my life.  I do need to remember that part of my faith is thanking God in advance for what he will do and provide to me. I need to truly believe that God will provide what I ask for in line with his will.

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