Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. — MARK 9:23
There is just a shade of difference in what you believe when you say it, and when you pray it.
Look again at Mark 11:23 and 24. Jesus didn’t say, “Just believe.” He told us exactly what to believe. Faith by saying is: “. . . believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass . . .” (v. 23). When you are believing that those things which you say shall come to pass, then that means they haven’t come to pass yet. But keep on believing that those things you said — be sure you’ve said it — shall come to pass. I always keep saying right in the face of contradictory circumstances, “It shall come to pass.” What will happen then? “. . . He shall have whatsoever he saith.” Sooner or later you shall have it!
Faith by praying is: “. . . when ye pray, believe that ye receive them . . .” (v. 24). When you pray. Not after you pray. Not next week. But when you pray — that very moment — believe. Believe what? Believe that you receive your requests. Begin to say, “I believe that I receive.” And what will happen? “. . . Ye shall have them!”
Yes, the having will come, but the having doesn’t come first. Believing comes first; then the having follows.
Confession: I am a believer. When I pray, I believe that I receive. When I say, I believe that what I say shall come to pass.
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 1988 RHEMA Bible Church AKA Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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