“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that it is granted to you and you will get it.” Mark 11: 24
I believe in the simplicity when it comes to asking and receiving in our relationship with Jesus. “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy will be made full and complete.” (John 16:23,24). I believe God wants you and me to understand that we can trust Him, and that it is His heart that when we ask ANYTHING, we will receive it! It is not about how much we need what we ask for or how important the thing is that we ask for. It is about His children asking Him and receiving the THINGS THAT THEY ASK FOR. We freely receive by grace, through simple faith in what Jesus has done for us.
The cross made a big difference, and we live after the cross. We are not like Abraham and Sarah that had a promise from God that had to wait a certain period before they saw the promise being fulfilled. Their faith rested in the fact that God will do something for them in the future. There was a waiting period. Hebrews 11 explains what it meant to live as an Old Testament believer: “And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised. Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them]. They had a promise, but they did not have the fulfillment of THE promise. The promise was Christ. All promises are YES and AMEN in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). Because we believe in Christ, we live in the fulfillment of all the promises. We are believers in the New Testament and our faith does not rest in something that still has to take place. Our faith rests in the finished work of the cross.
God will continually show you and speak to you about what He already did for you. When you receive a word from God concerning something, you can have that thing NOW. If you have a desire in your heart, you can ask it and receive it now, because the price was already paid for it. If I take my son to the grocery store and he asks me if he may have a chocolate, I still have to make the decision to buy the chocolate or not. Is it going to be a yes or a no? If I decide that he may have it and pay for it, it is no longer a case of do I want to give it to him or not. By the time we reach the car, and he asks me for his chocolate, I simply give it to him. He asks for it very boldly because he knows I already paid for it and will not suddenly say that he may not have it. In the New Testament we do not ask in order for Jesus to give us things, we ask for things that already belongs to us. Jesus paid for everything with his precious blood. We are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Jesus said, “everything that the Father has is mine.” (John 16:15). This is a Father-son relationship. We are now in Christ and we are sons in the house. Everything that belongs to Jesus, now belongs to us. The moment you believe it is the moment you receive it.
You are being invited by God to ask so that you can receive!