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. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them – Mark 11:23-24
When you’ve prayed for something you desire, it’s important you don’t allow doubt into your heart. This is a very essential faith-principle in prayer, especially the prayer of faith. There’re different kinds of prayers, and the prayer of faith is one of them. Unlike other kinds of prayer, such as the prayer of intercession or the prayer of petition, where repetitiveness is permissible, the rule of the prayer of faith is that you should believe that you receive when you pray.
Asking the Lord repeatedly for the same thing implies that doubt has set in within your heart. For each time you repeat yourself, you invalidate your previous request. That’s akin to a farmer who plants a seed one day and uproots it the next; then he plants it again and uproots the following day. That seed will never grow, and as a result, he’ll never have a harvest from it no matter how much he desires a harvest.
Your spirit was programmed by God to respond to His Word. The Bible says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” (Romans 10:10); it’s your spirit that God seeks to influence. Hence, the Word of God in the human spirit produces faith. Even though your mind may raise doubtful questions as to the convictions in your spirit, it doesn’t mean you’ve doubted in your heart. The doubting that opposes faith, is that which emanates from the human spirit.
By continually acting on the Word, you can develop strong faith. Abraham had strong faith! He called himself “father of many” even when he didn’t have any physical descendants; he was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). He gave no room for doubt. That’s one of the characteristics of strong faith. Stand your ground that you have what God says you have; accept, believe, and act on the Word, for it never fails.
My faith is alive and strong, prevailing over circumstances. I refuse to stagger at the Word of God through unbelief; but I’m strong in faith, convinced that God’s Word never fails, and confident that I have whatsoever I desire when I pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Reading/Study: Romans 4:19-21