“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” – Matthew 7:7-8
The Lord Jesus was always vivid in His communication; He said what He meant and meant what He said. In Matthew 7:7-8, He said, “…everyone who asks receives; anyone who seeks finds. If only you will knock, the door will be opened” (TLB). So how come some folks don’t receive when they pray?
You see, the Lord Jesus taught us how to pray and how to receive answers. Many have only learnt to pray, because religion teaches them to pray, but they haven’t learnt the faith way of receiving. Prayer is of no use if there’s no receiving. Praying without receiving is religion and religion gives you nothing!
Prayer wasn’t meant to be a religious formality. Religion will compel you to pray as a rite and discourage you from looking forward to receiving answers to your prayers. Religion can also make you see prayer as an avenue to get God to do something for you. This can only bring frustration when there are no answers! In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, “….What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”. In other words, when you pray, believe that you have received and then you shall have whatever it is you asked for. That means, when you pray, God answers, but you’re the one to do the receiving. How? By faith!
Here’s how it works: let’s say you’ve prayed and asked the Lord for a particular thing; if you truly believe the words of Jesus, you ought to rejoice and declare immediately, “Glory to God, I’ve got what I’ve asked for!” Even though you’re yet to see it with your physical eyes, you begin to act like you’ve already received what you asked for, right from the moment you prayed. That’s how to receive when you pray.
Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me today to receive answers when I pray. As I pray right now, I am exceedingly joyful because I know that I’ve already received answers to mu requests and petitions in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Further Study: Mark 11:22-24