Pray in Faith
“All the things you pray and ask for-- believe that you have received them, and you will have them.”
Mark 11:24 (HCSB)
Now I encourage you to go to several bible translations and read this verse and write atleast three translations down. Now, choose the one that you understand the most. Now open that bible and read the full context of what is being said which it starts at verse 20 and is a lesson about the withered fig tree and it goes through to verse 24. This is one of those scripture verses that is used and abused by leaders of churches that like to declare & decree, “name it & claim it”. Let me be very clear right now that's not biblical and it's not Holy spirit filled, nor do I believe that this type of “spirit” is pleasing to God. We attended a church briefly that's main priority was gaining wealth and we were tempted to fall into this trap but the Lord's spirit prevailed and it helped us grow in our faith and in His word and truth and so we fleed from that church. Many will be deceived and say that their evil ways and deeds are pure and good, there will be many false prophets and teachers that will lead God's flock astray. This is why we each have to confess our sins to God, repent and seek God's truth, wisdom and discernment for our lives not relying or depending on anyone no matter how “holy or esteemed” they seem. I would suggest you find yourself by personal study of the word solely and if you want to watch a tv preacher do it for entertainment or contemplation but don't take it for face value as truth because you could be easily led astray from the Word and truth of God.
The scripture above is saying that you should pray with faith believing that what you pray will happen and will come to pass but the main focus should be that you are praying with faith that God's in control and His will be done in your life and in your heart and that you will be transformed to desire what His very best is for you not the other way around. I know that their's a lot of temptations everywhere and even when choosing a church home you have to be on guard and spirit led or you can be led astray. We each need to have a church home that we attend for encouragement, to learn, also to give of our money, time and skills. It's not just about what the church can do for you but it should be what you can do for that church body of believers. God says for us to be generous givers not generous receivers.
Invest as much time now in the Word of God because we are free to do so and we don't know how long that will be. As you are doing this pray for the Christians around the world who are persecuted daily for their confession of faith and belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord and God. I pray that each of you will put God first and seek His truth wholeheartedly above all things.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
Please read Matthew 6: 19-34 for further study
Lord help us be content where we are and thrive at being the light in this dark world and holding onto our integrity, moral values, and hope that you are faithful and you are greater than all our troubles, worries, and struggles that your grace does set us free from the sins of our past and can set us free from the sins we are choosing now if we will confess them daily before you, repent from them, and seeking your word for wisdom, truth, and holding onto your spirit for protection, guidance, and discernment so we can make the very best choices and choose to live a life that is pleasing to you.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen