In Mark 11, verse 24, Jesus tells us, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” This verse caught my attention tonight when I was reading it, because of the tense of the verb ‘to receive.’
In this verse, Jesus tells us that we have to believe that we have already received what we are praying for. This is a verse that is compelling to me, one that raises more questions for me than answers.
I know that when I put myself in the mindset that I already have what I need, it is a completely different feeling and attitude than believing in my lack. It shifts me to a more positive frame of mind.
For a long time I have been searching for a sectional sofa to put in my small bedroom, but I have a low doorway and narrow hallway to move it through. I have been frustrated in my search, but I realized the other day that maybe the small sectional that I already found (marked ‘free’ outside of my favorite thrift store) that might be the one God wants me to have.
I have felt silly even asking God for such a trivial thing, but at this point I am starting to understand that I probably have exactly what I need, and what he wanted me to have before I even knew I needed it. Maybe I didn’t need a large sofa, just the one I was given for free; in essence, I already have what I need. I already received it.
When I thought about this verse tonight, the thing that stood out for me was how it felt to change my mindset about having what I need, and how that gave my mood a positive lift. The truth is, once we accept Christ’s offer of Salvation through repentance and forgiveness of our transgressions, and make him the authority in our lives by committing to obey his teachings and let him guide us on our spiritual journey, we already have everything we will ever need.
As hard as it may be to accept sometimes, this is a fact. The most important thing we have is our soul, and our soul will never be safer than in the guiding and loving hands of Jesus Christ. We have already received everything we need when we are surrounded by his loving protection.
This truth is so important to him that he incarnated on earth and suffered immensely to bring us this message of repentance and forgiveness and deliverance from the hell realms in the afterlife. He and God want desperately for human beings to commit our lives to them, so that we will not be separated from them after death, but will be with them in heaven. When we commit our soul to Christ and enter his loving protection, we can be assured that all of our needs will be and are being met. Sometimes it is what we believe, rather than what we have, that is what we need to change.
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