Have you noticed that some Christians can have miraculous results in prayer with faith in just one verse?
A couple years ago I picked up two books from the Seventh Day Adventist table at the fair. One of them was on the power of Psalms 91. That’s the one that says we will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the pestelence by day, nor the destruction at noon day, a thousand shall fall by the side and ten thousand at thy right hand, but nothing shall come near you, …..
The book detailed many accounts of people who went to war with their church or family member or themselves praying that Psalm over them daily and believing it was a promise to them, and miraculous protection was over them.
The other book, Those Who Trust In The Lord Shall Not Be Disappointed, by Peggy Joyce Ruth, detailed her family and how they stood on the principle that is expressed throughout the Bible that if you trust in the Lord you will be blessed – and they had one miracle after another in their personal lives and accounts of others who believed for property or housing materials. I thought, I want faith like that. Well, that kind of faith is contained in the words Jesus spoke about moving the mountain. Here it is:
Mark 11:21 – 24 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Again, we have to look very close at what this verse says. Jesus said, I’m telling you the truth. Whoever says to this mountain (not prays to God), “You, mountain, move, and be tossed into the sea,” and shall not doubt in his heart (not his mind or thoughts) but his heart, if he believes the thing that he said will come to pass, then he will have whatever he said. And, Jesus added, so, whatever you want, when you pray, believe that you will have it, and you will.
Did you catch that? Jesus said, based on this concept, you can pray for whatever you desire, and if you belive you that you will receive them, you will have them. Now, I’m not suggesting the blab it and grab it philosophy here. So, bear with me.
So, let’s look at the meaning of some of these words. Once we have, I’ll paraphrase it inserting the meanings. I have added the bold type in the definition for the words I will use in my paraphrase below. The word “say” is from the Greek word #3004, which means to lay forth, relate in words, usually a systematic or set discourse, by implication to mean. :–ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say on, shew, speak, tell, utter.
So, basically it means to express with words the intent of the heart, what you really mean. So let’s look at “saith”, from the Greek word #2036, which is a primary verb in the past tense. It means to speak or say (by word or writting). :–answer, bid, bringword, call, command, grant, say on, speak, tell.
Next, let’s look at the word doubt, in this context in the Greek #1252; to separate thoroughly, that is, (literally and reflexively) to withdraw from, or (by implication) oppose; figuratively to discriminate (by implication decide), or (reflexively) hesitate. :–contend, make (to) differ )-ence), discern, doubt, judge, be partial, stagger, waver.
Ok, so here is the paraphrase: That whosoever shall express with words the intent of his heart and tell this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea”; and shall not hesitate, or withdraw from or make his words different than what is in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he commanded shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he commanded. Then Jesus ads, Because of this, I’m telling you, what ever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
I know this goes against what we have been taught because we want to throw in, “if it is God’s will.” But this Scripture does not say anything about God’s will. This Scripture stands alone for what it is. That does not mean you pray for things that are out of God’s will. And the beauty of it is, if you think what you are praying is not in God’s will and he won’t answer it, then you won’t get it, according to this verse. So you really don’t need to worry about that. Just ask him for what you want, believe he will give it, then tell the thing you want to come to pass. If it does not come to pass, somewhere in the depths of your heart you don’t really believe you should have it or that God wants you to have it or that this word really is true.
So let’s go back to the beginning. The reason these people could stand firm on one verse and receive what they prayed for, is the principle of believing and receiving found in this verse. It doesn’t matter what verse you claim as truth, if you really believe it in your heart, and speak it out, you will have it. At least, that is what this verse says.