Therefore I say unto you, What things soever YE DESIRE, WHEN YE PRAY, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them – Mark 11:24

More often than not, people think the purpose for prayer is asking God for things. Prayer isn’t about asking God for things. It’s just that the word, “Prayer” is a generic word, but many only look at one of its synonyms, which is to ask or make requests; but there’s more to prayer than making requests and entreaties. The higher purposes of prayer have nothing to do with asking for things.

Due to the misconception of the purposes of prayer, when some Christians read our opening scripture above, the next thing that comes to their minds is making requests of God. But that scripture needs to be well understood. Jesus didn’t say, “What things soever ye ask for, when ye pray…”; rather He said, “What things soever ye DESIRE, when ye pray….” He didn’t say you should ask!

This means, when you’re praying, whether in praise or in worship, and you have a desire, just believe that that desire has been granted you. You don’t need to ask Him! The Bible says, “…for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8). He knows what you desire; He knows your heart. Therefore, your times of prayer aren’t times of asking Him for your desires, yet you can receive anything during prayer.

Prayer primarily is a fellowship; it’s communication with your heavenly Father. As you fellowship with Him, because He knows exactly what’s on your mind, you say, “Thank you Lord, for they’re granted!” You may not even mention them, but your Father who sees the heart, will grant your desires.

Practise this from now on, if you haven’t been praying like this. As you speak in tongues in fellowship, praising and worshiping the Lord, receive whatever you desire of Him. Don’t speak them out, but you must be specific and declare that they’re granted you. This is a principle in the Kingdom of God; practise it, and you’d be amazed at the result. Praise God! (Please read this article if you’re still in realm of ‘asking’)

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Precious and loving Father, how awesome is your Name in all the earth! Your love reaches to the heavens; your faithfulness is everlasting. You feed all humanity from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. As I enjoy a rich time of fellowship with you in prayer today, I receive all my heart’s desires, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Read/Study

Romans 8:27 – And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

Proverbs 15:11 CEV – If the LORD can see everything in the world of the dead, he can see in our hearts.

Romans 8:32 – He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?