Faith, Prayer, & Promises

Does anyone else wonder about this verse? Mark 11:24 “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

After receiving a “no” answer to my many prayers during each of my pregnancies, verses like this make me trip up in wondering how to understand Jesus’ promise. But recently I was greatly encouraged by reading this article that speaks about faith in regards to answers to prayer. And it brought clarity to my heart on how to understand this verse in Mark. I hope it can be a blessing to your heart as well, whatever you are walking through.

By pastor John Piper: “George Müller (1805–1898) provided for thousands of orphans by means of the “faith principle” — which meant he would look to God and never directly ask another person for money. Nor did he ever borrow money — for anything. He was renown for peaceful trust in God’s provision, even when a deadline loomed and food was short.

On this faith principle, he raised £110,000 to build five orphan houses that accommodated 2,050 orphans. In his lifetime he cared for 10,024 orphans. By his example, he inspired others to embrace orphan care, including Charles Spurgeon, who said, “The God who answers by orphanages, let him be Lord!”

It Was Not the Gift of Faith

Nevertheless, Müller was adamant that he did not have the gift of faith. What did he mean, and why should we be thankful?…” Read the rest here: George Mueller Did Not Have the Gift of Faith- Thankfully


And here is another article by pastor Colin Smith that is also extremely helpful:

“Let me paint a picture of a heart-breaking situation I have seen many times: A loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, so the family and friends of this person begin to pray. Over time the sickness gets worse, and someone says, “If only we had enough faith, we could move the hand of God, and the answer would be given.”

There’s an increasing sense that life and death lay in the hands of those who pray. Faith is no longer a matter of trusting God. It’s about convincing ourselves that the outcome we’re asking for is going to happen.

And if the outcome doesn’t go our way, we blame ourselves: “If I had greater faith, he would still be alive.” That’s a crushing burden. Or we resent God: “If God really cared, if he ever listened, my loved one would still be here.” This too is a crushing burden.

Either way we have put ourselves in the place of God, and whenever we try to take the place of God, we take on a burden that not one of us are able to bear.” … Read the rest here: What Does It Mean To Pray With Faith?