Mark 11:24 is a most remarkable promise given by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, “Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” The key to receiving the things we desire is contained in the verse, “believe that you receive them” and also stated in verse 22 just prior to this, “Have faith in God”. It is very simple and clearly stated. It doesn’t take a theologian who has been to seminary and obtained a doctor’s degree to understand. It does, however, take faith in the one who has promised. When Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood He said, “Be it to you according to your faith”. When He healed blind Bartimaeus He said, “Go your way, your faith has made you well”. In Mark chapter 9 a man brought his son, who had a dumb spirit, to the disciples but they were unable to cast it out. Then when Jesus came He said, “O faithless generation how long shall I be with you?” and then He cast the spirit out and said, “if you can, all things are possible to him that believes.”

 

The answers to our prayers lies solely in our faith in the one who promised. And it could be said that the measure of our faith is in the degree to which our prayers are answered. If we have experienced a lack of answers it is certain that it is not a result of slackness on the Lord’s part, we can be sure it is a lack of our own faith. It is only in a close personal relationship with the Lord, two-way communication, that reflects the presence of God in our lives and the capacity for believing will thrive and work in our prayers. And it may not be good enough that we believe He could answer, we must believe that He will answer.

 

So, one may ask ‘where do we get this amount of faith?’ That, too, is clearly answered in Scripture. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17. How bad do we want our prayers answered? How bad do we want the faith that is required? How bad do we want Him, to know Him and fellowship with Him? How much time are we willing to spend with Him in His word and meditation? It is as if the Lord has left it up to us, “Be it to you according to your faith”.

 

Faith is a living pow’r from heav’n

Which grasps the promise God has giv’n;

Securely fixed on Christ alone,

A trust that cannot be o’er throne . . . (Faith Is a Living Power from Heaven)