What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them —Mark 11:24
This is one of those “too good to be true” scriptures. Jesus is describing the powerful combination of prayer and faith. According to Jesus, when you are praying and begin expecting the thing you are praying for to come to pass, the answer is certain. If that is true, the promises of God suddenly become prophetic through the supernatural nature of faith. It seems as if prayer puts us in a position for our faith to be energized or actually infused inside of us during prayer. That is why I say faith is supernatural. It is not the virtue or will power of man that believes God’s promises, it is the influence of God’s word and Holy Spirit upon us that produces faith. Here is how A.B. Simpson describes the prophetic nature of faith.
“Faith is not working up by willpower a sort of certainty that something is coming to pass. Rather, it is seeing as an actual fact that God has said this thing shall come to pass-and that it is true-and then rejoicing to know that it is true. It is simply resting and entering into it because God has said it. Faith turns the promise into a prophecy. While it is merely a promise it is contingent upon our cooperation. It may or may not be. But when faith claims it, it becomes a prophecy and we go forth feeling that it is something that must be done because God cannot lie. Faith is the answer from the throne saying, “It is done.” Faith is the echo of God’s voice. Let us catch it from on high. Let us repeat it and go out to triumph in its glorious power.”
Faith comes from making contact with the Lord. Actually one of the nine gifts of the Spirit is the gift of faith. Looking at the gift of faith can help us to understand the way faith works in our lives. What are you believing the Lord for today? Find scripture that promises the thing you are asking for and offer that scripture to the Lord in prayer. As you meditate on His word and press in to His presence, your faith will begin to flame up inside of you. When that happens, rejoice. Your answer is certainly on the way.