Cinderella was my favorite story as a child. The girl who worked hard to be obedient, and sacrificed her own happiness for years. It took some mice and some birds and a sweet Fairy God-mother to help her realize that there was more that could be in store for her life if she just believed in it. I know I didn’t write the story, but the part where she cries her eyes out and the Fairy God-mother enters the scene…we could all very much relate to that part the most. Maybe it might seem like a silly analogy, but really, how many times have you been praying in tears for something, and then it came to pass?
Chances are if you haven’t, then you are much like me. Always praying, but never believing.
Did you know that just because you pray about something doesn’t mean it will happen? And I know there will be some people who have been Christians for years reading these words, and will want to write me saying, “ How dare you say that.” Well, let me show you what I’m trying to say.
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:22-23)
I have always read this verse just visualizing Jesus saying it, but I did not see until recently, the application of it.
Let’s break it down together.
You speak grace to the mountain, Okay, we’ve learned this before, we know that God has power to bring down all the mountains in our lives…right?
But there is key part to this verse I had not seen before recently, “ And DOES NOT doubt in their heart, but BELIEVES that what they say will happen.”
Basically, you can go yell at that mountain all day long, but it won’t come down, unless you believe it will be taken down.
I don’t want to be like a kid in school that gets bullied and poked by a stick by the enemy, saying “ STOP IT,” and just feels powerless against his schemes.
I don’t want to be that girl who cries her eyes out asking God to take away my mom’s illness, and feel hopeless that she will never be healed.
He says it clearly what we need to do.
“ Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, BELIEVE that YOU have RECEIVED it, and it WILL BE yours.”
I think you might be wondering why I might have written this post, and I am going to share with you that I have been praying for a good friend of mine I’ve known for years. She lost her home in the Oklahoma tornado, and in the middle of disaster, catastrophe and chaos….God kept blessing her. And I cannot share the details here yet, but it all started with a prayer that I BELIEVED for her. I believed WITHOUT a doubt that the Lord would use her story, and that something even more amazing would happen…that is in the very process of coming to pass.
She could have been down and out after this tornado. She could have been crying in bed for days so depressed, she could have just let the tornado take her hope for the future. Instead, I have received phone call, after text, after email at everything she feels so encouraged and inspired to do.
And because I have watched all this happen before my eyes in her life, I KNOW without a doubt that when we BELIEVE that the Lord will do something amazing, and we don’t doubt, then He will come through for us! This has made such an impact on my faith, and I somehow feel I have been given a deeper sight of faith through all this, because when you know the Bible as well as I have for years, you get used to just reading what the verses say. Sometimes I have read them and analyzed like poetry, Sometimes I have read them and spoke them word from word by memory, Sometimes I have gone back and looked at the dates I’ve read them and tried to remember what I was dealing with at that time, but every time….I have not applied them until the Lord smacked me upside the head.
Let’s choose to believe when we pray friends. Let’s choose to not just believe that God CAN but that He WILL.
With you on the same journey,