Four Phases 0f Faith – Phase Three – Petition of Faith

If you must “hold fast” to your profession of faith, that means you NEVER let it go.

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Text for Today – Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them..

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Today we come to Phase Three – Petition of Faith.  This is the point at which we bring our petition before the Lord.  We know we have faith as a possession, and we have likewise followed the Lord’s instructions in our profession of faith.  Possessing the God-kind of faith, we have professed that faith in dealing with the mountain.  Now we come to the act of petitioning the Lord with the prayer of faith.

Look closely at these wonderful words of our Lord!  “What things soever ye desire….”  Now that is an awesome promise!  Whatever you desire.  Wow!  I don’t know about you, but my imagination of what I would like to receive from the Lord is really massive.  I’m not talking about selfish things, but about things that will bless others, grow the kingdom of God, and honor my Lord.  Look at it once again.  I believe He means what He says, and if I understand anything correctly, He is saying we can believe Him for anything.

Now look further: your believing for what you ask must occur “when you pray.”  Another way of saying this would be “as you pray.”  Believing before you pray is good, and I believe necessary.  I likewise believe it is good and necessary to continue believing after you pray.  But the key here is to believe “when, or as, you pray.”  You see, without faith you can’t please the Father.  It is faith that moves the Father, not your need.  Think of this; if need moved God, would there be the need of so many hospitals, doctors, and government programs?   Always remember, when you come to God, MUST come in faith.  That means two things; (1) what you ask if based upon the Word of God, for faith comes by hearing the Word, and (2) your motive for asking must be right, as asking amiss gets you nothing.  Oh, and this likewise prevents double-mindedness which gets nothing from God.

Finally, the promise is sealed.  Jesus said, “ye shall have them.”  The words “will” and “shall” are the strongest emphatic words of statement that can be issued forth.  If you say you will, and you don’t, you’re a liar.  If you say you won’t, and you do, you’re a liar.  It’s that simple.  Jesus said, “you will have.”  He did not say you “might” or “could” have, but that you “will have.”  You can’t get any more solid than that as a promise form our God Who cannot lie.

Manna for Today – Mark 11; Romans 4; Hebrews 11; 2 Corinthians 4:13; James 1; Ephesians 3:20;            1 John 5:14-15