Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24).

The Bible says that God knows what’s in your heart; He knows what you need, even before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8). Now, if He knew your requests before you asked, it means He also already had the answer prepared. However, He requires your faith to make that answer real to you. The responsibility to receive is yours. Faith isn’t just based on asking, but also on receiving. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Many know how to ask, but they don’t know how to receive. At the point of asking in prayer, you’re to believe that you’ve received what you’ve asked for; that’s faith! But if you’re hoping that God will answer your prayer someday, that won’t work, even though you believe it. So take possession now; declare that the healing, blessing or miracle you desire is yours now! Faith receives now! You say, “Father, I’ve asked for such-and-such, and I receive it NOW in the Name of Jesus.”

Remember that you don’t have to see what you’ve received with your physical eyes first to know they’re already yours; once you’ve taken possession with your spirit, soon enough, they’ll show up physically. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the title deed of unseen realities. In other words, faith calls real and done that which you hope for. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That means the things you hoped for are now your present-hour possessions.

Faith doesn’t try to get something to happen; rather, faith knows and accepts that it has happened, and confesses and endorses it to be so now. Faith takes possession NOW!


My faith is producing results; I walk in divine health, victory, dominion, and in the power of the Spirit today. I’m who God says I am, I have what He says I have, and I can do what He says I can do. My faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

Further Study

Mark 11:23; 2 Corinthians 4:13