We are into our fourth week of Jesus’ teaching in Mark 11: 22-26 and this misunderstood and often unused truth of the Master, if used, will bless your life and the lives of those around you, and God will be glorified. God loves you, and wants you to be blessed so you may be a blessing to others, and the Bible says in Ephesians chapter 1 that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, which fits perfectly with today’s lesson starting in verse 24 “Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (The words “them” were added by the translators. It actually reads, Believe that ye receive and ye shall have).
The word “desire” is number 154 in the original greek language in your Strong’s concordance and means, to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require; and is the same greek word used in James chapter four when our brother James said, Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
According to the Lord Jesus, it is not only okay to ask, it is necessary to ask so you may get what you want. When approached, the Lord would ask an individual what they wanted (Mark 10: 36, 51). In John 16:24, the Lord said, Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. The word ask is the same greek word (154) used above.
Let’s say a family sits down at their table for a delicious meal. The smell of cooking had been drifting throughout the house as well as outdoors and everyone is ready to enjoy what has been prepared. After the meal, with bellies filled, the family discusses the finer points of dinner. Toward the end of the conversation one family member comments on how good the meal was, but it would have been better with a little more salt. Another replied, You could have asked for salt, it was right there.
It is all right to ask. Jesus commands us to ask.
We are to come to God as little children and they are wonderful “askers”. What little child will ask of their parent, expecting to receive what they ask? It is the same principal in our relationship with God. On the contrary, what loving parent is going to give something to their child that will hurt them or others? If we pray that someone lose something so another may receive it, that would be asking amiss for our own selfishness. But when we ask for something with a pure heart, God places no restrictions on what we can ask for and receive, if we believe we have it when we ask. That is how faith works.
The Lord Jesus refused no request except those asked amiss, and he does not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb 13), and he loves you.
We are to ask him, believe we receive it, (like any child) and we shall have it.
If you have a concern of asking amiss, the wonderful Holy Spirit will guide you if you let him. Let the peace of God rule your heart (Col 3:15) and begin asking God for what you want.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.