So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:22-24
My friend, if this is not happening in your life today, you need to check yourself in 3 important areas:
- Check your mouth.
- Check your attitude.
- Check the fill level of your spirit.
The bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. If you’re not receiving what you have asked in faith, chances are you’re still looking for it to happen in the natural before it’s been birthed in your spirit. You see, you must believe in your heart first. Jesus’ first statement was, “Have faith in God!” It wasn’t have faith that it’s going to happen. Your faith is built by the confidence you have in the God you serve.
Have you ever had fruit on your counter that went bad? It certainly leaves a mess, doesn’t it. Not only does it draw fruit fly’s, but it stinks! If your attitude isn’t right it too will leave a mess and stink, it will affect everything; your joy, your peace, your worship. Fix your attitude toward God from stank to thanks and watch things change around you. You’re now creating the right attitude to cultivate the presence of God in your situation.
And last but certainly not least, if your spirit isn’t being fed on a regular basis and you’re not meditating on the Word and placing your total confidence in God, it will show up in what you say and in your attitude toward God and His Word. One of the best ways to do this is by praying in the Holy Spirit (your prayer language you received from God). This can be found in Ephesians 6:18, the entire book of Acts and I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14.
Praying in the Spirit builds you up in the weak or empty areas of your life. It fortifies you, like going to the gym builds your physical muscles, praying in the Spirit builds your spiritual muscle. It reveals mysteries, gives deeper revelation, answers you couldn’t think of on your own come to you when you pray in the Spirit. I’ve found things I’ve lost by praying in the Spirit and listening as the Lord who knows all things, tells me where to look.
Just as a car needs fuel or energy to run, so your spirit needs fuel to run your race and fight the good fight of faith. If it’s empty, you’re not going anywhere. You’ll remain parked where you are unless you are full up and ready for your assignment. We have no problem with feeding our bodies food, but spending time refueling our spirits seems a waste of time. My friend, that couldn’t be further from the truth!
We are a spirit, we live in a body that has a soul. If our spirit leaves our body it dies. Our soul was saved when we accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and determines where we spend eternity when we leave our earth suits. But our spirit, our spirit came from God, and that my friend must be renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Oh Father, thank you for this reminder to check my mouth, my attitude and the level on my spirit tank. Put a watch guard on my mouth! Help me to stop before I speak and measure it against Your Word. With a grateful and thankful heart, I will keep my attitude in check so that it cannot affect my outcomes. I will choose to see things the way You do and if I don’t, I will pray in the Holy Ghost until you reveal the outcome to me. It’s in Jesus’ name and always for Your glory, Amen.