Friday, March 20 2020
LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY
"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11:23,24
This is not "name it and claim it", or "blab it and grab it", perverted teaching by TV evangelists, this is how Jesus said we are to pray, to believe in what we are asking for! The perversion is that God is portrayed as a Santa Claus, doling out whatever His spoiled little children desire, such as bigger homes, expensive cars and great wealth!
When Jesus called Peter to get out of the boat and walk on water, he didn't step out on the sea, he stepped out on the Word of the living God, believing he could do it and so he did, that is until he took his eyes off Jesus! In the context of this scripture, we need to look at what God's word says in order to know what His perfect will is for our lives and what He desires us to possess!
To the new believer, this scripture looks like Christmas and they begin to pray for all kinds of stuff that their selfish little hearts desire, but for the mature believer who has studied God's word and surrendered his life to Jesus, the riches and pleasures of this world begin to fade and the desire to please God becomes our sole purpose!
"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses." "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25,26
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin