all get excited about Mark 11:24, where we are told that if we believe when we pray,
we will receive. In other words, faith is believing you have something when you
pray, not just when you actually physically receive it.
the 15th chapter of John always catches my attention when we think of using our
faith to receive from God. In verses 7 and 16 God puts some conditions on our
getting our prayers answered. We need to abide in Christ and let his words
abide in us and we need to bear fruit, then God can answer our prayers. Abide
is to tarry or remain continuously. Fruit is the life changed by God and the godly
works that result.
other words, a casual relationship with God doesn’t cut it, we need to have genuinely
asked Christ into our lives as savior and Lord (Rom 10:9-10). We need to have a
genuine desire to press in to him, to allow him to change us, grow us and use
us. The life surrendered to God and sold out to his will and purpose will be blessed
do we press in? Well, how do you grow any relationship? You spend time, you communicate
and you get to know the other person. With God, you spend time in the bible,
you pray, you praise him, worship him, and give him thanks, you just spend time
in his presence; there are no short cuts. God’s greatest joy is to bless his
children (Ps 115:13). Walk and talk with him today
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