Have you ever prayed for something and immediately after you prayed for it, you began to doubt it would ever happen? You aren’t alone. I’ve done it countless times. I was listening to Jerry Savelle preach and I heard something in one of his scripture references that sprung up in me like I’d never heard it before.
Mark 11:24 (KJV) “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
I don’t know how many times I’ve read this verse but for some reason, the words, “when you pray, believe…” rang in my spirit. God immediately reminded me of one of the ways He taught me to identify a religious spirit. He said, when you notice what the Bible says, notice also what is not said, and what is not said is what a religious spirit says.
So, what doesn’t this verse say? It doesn’t say, “…believe for every second thereafter without wavering.” This is how I had always interpreted it, though.
Jesus warned us that the devil comes immediately to steal the word from our hearts. But if we understand that the Bible also says, “Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Proverbs 24:15 & 16 KJV)
In other words, God knows the devil is going to attack you, and he may even knock you down a time or two – or seven – but as long as we get back up and stand on the word, we haven’t lost what we prayed for!
Peter may have started to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus and concentrated on the wind and waves, but when he turned back to Jesus, He picked Peter up and the BOTH walked on the water together back to the boat.
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. That means He is the inspiration for and the completer of it. He gives us the seed, we plant it, then He helps us water and cultivate it to maturity.