1 June 2018
“All that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours,” says Jesus. And the two key ideas there are: prayer and belief.
What is prayer but being one with God—in thought, in desire, and so on. So, really, what we ask for in “prayer” is simply what God wants for us. After all, a person who’s one with God says in so many words, “Thy will be done, thy kingdom come…and it will be enough.”
So “all that we ask for in prayer” is already something God desires for us. But then Jesus says, “believe that you will receive it”—believe.
If we’re lost, for example, well, we know God wants us to be not lost. So ask him for guidance—with full confidence that he will make it happen—and all will be well. Or if we’re anxious about a situation, well, we know God wants us to be at peace. So ask him for peace, for confidence—believing that he will make it happen—and all will be well.
God answers prayers. And our personal belief that he does is what makes us see that it’s true: God answers prayers.