Friday, November 21, 2008

Answer To Anonymous

This is in response to anonymous who had a question about my last article, “Plant, Then Water The Seed.”

Concerning answers to prayer, Anonymous asked about having more of a desire than a need and wanted to know where to go for “tools” to get that desire met if what they wanted was not exactly worded in the bible.

Jesus answered that question like this… “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mk. 11:24)

In this one simple statement Jesus did two things. First, he taught that it was God’s will to meet our desires as well as our needs, and secondly, he taught how to get those desires met in prayer. Listen again to what he said, “...What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” This kind of believing is past tense and is an act of faith on our part. It means that when we pray, we must believe that we already have what we asked for even before it comes to pass. This is true bible faith, and it is this kind of faith that will bring to pass the thing that we desire.

This is the kind of faith that God has and uses. And it is the kind of faith that Abraham had in the miraculous birth of his son Isaac. In this instance, God used this kind of faith when he changed Abram’s name (which means exalted father), to Abraham, (which means father of many nations). God was claiming that Abraham was already the father of many nations before Abraham had any children and when Abraham and his wife Sarah were past child bearing years. The important thing here was that Abraham believed God and accepted his new name. He believed that he was who God said he was and that he had what God said he had before it came to pass, and in time it came to pass. This act of faith gave Abraham the distinction of being called the "father of faith." (Rom. 4:17-21)

We all have personal desires that God wants to meet even though they are not specifically spelled out in the bible. The thing to remember is that the answers to our prayers are not a matter of knowing an exact scripture even though it may be helpful if there is one and we know what it is. The answers to our prayers are a matter of knowing how prayer works and putting that knowledge into practice. Truth is truth and God's ways are God's ways. They will always work for you no matter how you say it. Use your own words when needed!

What anonymous should do is what Jesus said to do, and that is to ask for what they want and to believe that they have what they asked for before it comes to pass. Then in time, it will come to pass.

I know that this may raise other questions, (like many of the things that Jesus said) but because the Lord did not complicate this statement of faith, neither will I. This will work just like he said if it is put into practice. It is in my articles on this topic that I share in some detail how this process of prayer works and recommend other “tools” that the bible offers to enhance and help bring answers to our prayers. If however, there are other questions, please just ask.

Submitted by John B. Agati
Author of: “Suffering (God’s Will?)”

More information about this and an upcoming book “Suffering, Unanswered Prayer, (And How to Fix the Whole Thing),” along with a short bio may be found at: www.

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