You are looking for the answer to your problem. You have stared it in the face and looked past the problem. There it is! There is the solution. It may be a little dim, and you can’t quite make it out, but you know it is there. It is in God’s hands. You take a step in the right direction, and it becomes clearer still.
He has the answer, no matter how big the problem or how long it has been going on, He has the answer. Now how do we get it from His hands into your life?
The answer is clearly given in Mark 11:23, “Whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe you receive them and you shall have them.” I have meditated on this verse thousands of times over my life. It is a friend of mine! Here’s how to apply it to your problem in five steps.
Step 1: What do you want to happen? What do you desire? What do you want?
Step 2: Pray. Ask God to bring this to pass. Don’t skip this step, ask Him for the answer.
The Difference Between Hope and Faith
The scripture doesn’t say believe you are going to have it. This is where most people miss it. It is easier to say it is going to happen, but that is not what the scripture says, and it is not faith; it is hope. Hope is good, but faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith is bigger and better than hope. Faith is when you believe you already have it. It is real to you.
How Do You Have Faith, When You Don’t Have Faith?
If you substitute the word “think” for believe, you will find how amazingly simple faith can be. The scripture would read “Whatsoever things you desire when you pray, think you have them and you shall have them.” This means feeding the new thought. Accept it as true. Let it roll around in your mind. Give it strength. Use your imagination. When you think you have it, you have it. This is not new age or Scientology. This is FAITH! Here’s how you get it: Think about having it until you think you have it.
The scripture doesn’t mean, pretend you don’t have a problem, it means “pretend” you have the answer. Focus on the answer, not the problem, but you must focus on something. If you focus on nothing, you will have nothing.
Step 4: Do Something. While we continue to think we have it, we act like we have it. We do something. We DO something. We do SOMETHING! We take a step. Procrastination is an enemy of Faith. If there is something, anything at all that you can do to move even a tiny step forward, do it. While thinking that you have the answer to the problem, take the next step, do whatever you can, and God will direct your steps and bring about all that you dreamed of. This is how we grow. This is how we solve problems. This is Faith.
Step 5: You have it. You have your answer. What so often happens is that through the process, we accepted what we wanted as true and when it happens, it doesn’t seem miraculous. That’s okay. That’s the way God planned it. We live by faith, and we receive what we believe. We get answers to our problems with just enough time lapse that it doesn’t seem like a miracle, nevertheless we get our answers, and as soon as we realize it was Him, we give Him praise.
Today’s Verse: “Whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them (think you have them) and you shall have them.” Mark 11:24