Prayer That Gets Results (1)
Genuine, authentic faith must be definite and free of doubt. It is not general in character or a mere belief in the being, goodness, and power of God. It is a faith that believes that the things that “he saith, shall come to pass” (Mark 11:23). As faith is specific, so the answer will also be definite. “He shall have whatsoever he saith” (v. 23). Faith and prayer select the things, and God pledges Himself to do the very things that faith and persistent prayer name and ask Him to accomplish.
We might also translate Mark 11:24 this way: “All things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Perfect faith always has in its keeping what perfect prayer asks for. How large and unqualified this area of operation is—“all things whatsoever”! How definite and specific the promise is—“ye shall have them”!
Faith must be definite and specific. It must be an unqualified, unmistakable request for the things asked for. It should not be a vague, indefinite, shadowy thing. It must be something more than an ideal belief in God’s willingness and ability to do something for us. It should be a definite, specific asking for and expecting the things for which we ask. Note Mark 11:23: “Whosoever…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.”
Just as the faith and the request is definite, so the answer will be definite. The giving is not something other than the things prayed for, but the actual things sought and named. “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” It is a certainty: “he shall have.” The granting is unlimited both in quality and quantity. (Purchase Book)
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Taken from E. M. Bounds on Prayer by E. M. Bounds.
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