If we believe He is stirring us to ask and take something, we do not hold back. Did He not say to his disciples, “Whatsoever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive?” (Mark 11:24) Not whatsoever He desires, but what we desire!
When we see ourselves as He sees us, His Spirit-indwelt sons, we know that our desires will be his desires; and that He awakens desires in us in order that He can fulfill them.
Too often we have been suspicious about our motives. Basically we do not accept ourselves as His liberated sons, and we unconsciously adopt the idea that our God is rather stingy. Consequently we are wary of expressing our desires to Him, because we think that He will ignore them and that we will never receive what we want.
Then the crisis moment is that “word of faith.” What do we mean by that Pauline phrase? (Rom. 10:8) We don’t move into action by abstract thoughts, but by selecting from our thoughts to do, and we say, “I’ll go here. I’ll do that. . .”
That is the word of faith, for faith is my free capacity of attaching myself inwardly to something I believe in and I can make my own; something I will do, or take, or go to. The word of faith is the decisive moment of inwardly uniting myself to something about which I then take action.
Now lift that to the levels of the Spirit in the prayer of faith. We have been on the thought level in finding out what God wants to make of a particular situation. Now we move onto the word level. We boldly maintain that if God has given us certain desires in certain situations; if God has put us there and thus caused us to have these needs and desires, then it means that he already has purposed to supply those needs. “Before they call, I will answer.”
So now we move right on by the spoken word of faith. We “say unto this mountain, be thou removed . . . And we see it already accomplished. With God, we “call the things that be not as though they were.” (Rom. 4:17); and we do this against all soul- feelings of its absurdity, and all human reasonings.
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