(Mark 11:22-25)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask fir in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

I recently had to reluctantly say no to our youngest daughter, Madeline, regarding a trip with her friends because of lockdown rules. Disappointed, I told her that Mum and I have a policy of always saying yes if we possibly can to our kids if the request is suitable and reasonable. That may have been a mistake to tell her, as her eyes lit up, wondering what else she could ask for next!!!

And in fact, the next day, she and her sister sat us down to ask if we could go on holiday to France instead. And we were happy to say yes! In the end Madeline got far more than she originally asked for 😊.

This verse is not Jesus teaching “name it and claim it”, but rather to teach us to simply believe God will answer. If it wasn’t for this, I would always be hedging my bets, trying to prepare myself in case He doesn’t. Rather, He wants us to treat Him with the respect and courtesy that befits His position. He can and will answer His children’s requests. We are not to undermine our own prayers by thinking, “He’s never going to say yes.” Those sort of prayers are not worth the name. Rather, we go to Him in the full expectation that He is glad to say yes!

We may need to keep praying and we need to listen to Him to guide us as we pray. But His will is to say “yes” as often as He can!

One thing we must do, though. If we expect to be heard, we MUST forgive others. Otherwise, His fingers will be in His ears.

PRAYER: Father, firstly I forgive _ from my heart. Secondly, thank You that You long to say yes to Your children when our requests come in faith and trust in Your love. Today my request is ___. Thank You in anticipation as I patiently await Your answer.

Amen

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