What do you make of the following statements?
Do you believe them?
If so, what PRACTICAL effect does that belief have in your life?
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (Matt 21:22) NIV
I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24) NIV
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7) NIV
whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (John 15:16)NIV
Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:23-24) NIV
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5: 14-15) NIV
Are these promises we can actually believe?
Do we believe those promises to the extent that our lived experience is determined by them?
Or do we find ourselves having to “reinterpret” their meaning to make them fit our lived experience?
Does our faith in Jesus include believing what He said?
Does our faith in Jesus include believing in the wider scriptures , written by His disciples?
Is our faith in Jesus and God’s word or is it more focused on tradition and our personal experience?
In particular, what do we make of this?
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14: 12-14) NIV
If Jesus said “whoever believes in [Him] will do…”, how is that being reflected in OUR lives as professing believers?
Are we experiencing those works and greater things in our lives?
Are we expecting those works and greater things to be part of our lives?
If not why not?