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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Power Of Prayer

In review of Mark 11:24 it says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.”

Bottom Line:
You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

What this means to me:
When I earnestly pray and ask for something, I should pray with believing that I have already received it, and God will provide me what what I request.

Today's verse comes from the latter part of Mark 11. In it Jesus is telling his disciples about faith and prayer. The day before this, Jesus had cursed a fig tree because it provided no fruit. This day as they walked by the same tree and noticed it had withered and died. Jesus then said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

This verse reminds me that I can talk to God, and ask Him for anything at all, in faith and believing, and He will give me what I need. Prayer is the greatest adventure I could ever have, and is among my most powerful weapons I can use.

In ancient Israel, before Christ, a high priest would petition the Lord on behalf of the people. But the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom as Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished”. With those three powerful words, I was given the opportunity to approach God the Father directly without a mediator. I can speak directly to the Creator of all things.

So as I walk through the highways and byways of life, I can keep in mind that that God is ready, willing, and able to meet my every need. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and an ever-present help in times of trouble. I can call on His holy name at anytime.