BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
-Mark 11:24 (KJV)
This scripture steers us beyond the imagination of wishing for something when blowing out can-dles or when you see a shooting star. It deals with potential and the connection our potential has with our faith. When we look at how the bible describes faith, we find faith is not geared to what does not exist but rather related to everything that is not seen. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Faith says, “I can’t see it, but I believe it is there.”
When one declares to live by faith then they should be looking at the unseen. Faith never deals with what you have done, but with what you have yet to do. The bible declares that you were made in the image and the likeness of the Lord. Therefore what God has in Him is also now in you waiting for you to make demands on it by faith in God. The key word in this scripture for this sermon is desire. I believe many who read this scripture makes a mistake in thinking the word desire is synonymous with wishing. However, desire has a total different meaning. While wishing is something we are dreaming about, desire is something to crave enough to sacrifice for. Only if we are willing to sacrifice for what we desire will we receive it.
God has on reserve everything that isn’t yet visible. including what you ask for in prayer. This scripture is revealing to us that when you ask for something in faith, it is already on the way. However, God doesn’t always deliver overnight express. Sometimes it comes when you forgot all about the initial request. When you pray in faith and those words leave your mouth, it is acti-vated and becomes a seed planted in good soil.
What’s interesting about this passage is it tells us what we shall receive and how we can receive it. It says whatever you desire when you pray, you shall have – but only what you desire. Not what you pray for – only what you desire when you pray. You need to set goals in your life that you desire so strongly that you will go after them no matter what the expense. I believe leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King had a desire so strong to change the way this country treated “col-ored” people at that time that he would risk his own life doing it.
What do you desire so much, if anything at all, that you are willing to die for? Jesus was willing to die for our sins because He desired for us to have the right to the tree of life. Pain and suffer-ing sometimes are attached to your goals. What allows you to accomplish those goals are your innermost desires. This life is full of surprises, and great rewards. In the midst of these great re-wards, many distractions are also lurking to try and keep you from receiving what God has for you. You must know where you want to go and what you desire to become. Therefore, when you pray, desire what you ask for. Refuse to be detoured, distracted and delayed. Any interruption can be a costly one in your life unless it’s from God. The power of your potential will be released into your life as you sacrifice everything to attain what you desired in prayer.
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