What is the one ingredient prayer needs? We’ve talked about the principles for people achieving the answers they seek, but what is one ingredient needed to make it all come together? The ingrediant that if missing, like a rocket without fuel, will not work. One of the differences you may have already noticed in this blog is, we do not focus on the emotionalism of your relationship with God– though that comes up. We do not focus on telling you, you ought to be a better Christian. We focus on HOW things in the Word really work. This series of posts; like the show “How it’s Made,” are about “how” to build a prayer rocket, how to keep fuel in it and keep it running smoothly. What is that fuel? Believing.
Believing equals Receiving
In every miracle from Genesis to Revelations you can see the pattern of the topics of each of the earlier posts. And in every miracle you see that believing always equaled receiving.
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who (do one thing) believe…” Ephesians 1:19
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20
Believing is the greatest law in the whole world, not just the Word of God. It works for believers and unbelievers alike. Mark explains the concept fully.
“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he (Jesus) was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet].” Mark 11:12,13
Jesus approached the fig tree hoping for a bite of something sweet. But there it says, “the time of figs was not yet.” Do you mean to say Jesus didn’t know when figs were ready? He’d lived in that area of the world his whole life and didn’t know when they were ready? No, he wasn’t ignorant. He knew it was the right season. So what was wrong with that fig tree? There are two kinds of trees in the Bible designated as the People’s tree. One is the coconut palm, the other is the fig tree. This means that passing by one and taking fruit was not illegal like it would be to walk through someone’s cultivated grape vines. That would be termed as stealing. Jesus knew he could help himself to the sweet little buds that grow along with the leaves of a fig tree. He walked up confident that the buds were there and ready, but that fig tree lacked any fruit. He knew, if it didn’t have fruit by then, it would never have fruit. So, Jesus spoke to the tree.
“And Jesus answered and said unto it, (If you ever want to receive the power of God you have to be specific.) No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard [it].”
Imagine the disciples scratching their heads as they watched their master talk to a tree. Jesus and his apostles returned from Bethany the very next day.
“And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” vs. 20
The death of a tree happens from the leaves of the tree first. But what happened to this tree? It died backwards and overnight.
“And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
The original texts say, “Have the faith of God.” Now, look carefully at the following verse.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.“
Jesus reiterated in verse 24.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].”
Isn’t this exciting and tremendous? The faith of God is believing that God’s ability equals God’s willingness. It is finding out what’s available in the situation from Him first, then acting out with believing to receive it. The believing of God, His believing always equals receiving! Isn’t that a wonderful understanding! We don’t have to believe in our own paltry powers of positivity! We go to God from the beginning to the end and do not stop there.
Next; we’re going to talk about the two kinds of believing and what you should watch out for in your prayers.
God bless you today!
Read earlier posts in this series: (Will open in new window)