Mark 11:12-14, 22-26
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  [g]
Jesus said when we pray believe that what we pray for we already have it. Our prayers have been hoping prayers, but we need to advance to knowing prayers. When we pray we know we have what we have asked for even before it manifests. This is Jesus’ mandate for His people. Jesus knew that when He cursed the fig tree it would wither just like He said. He didn’t need to stay around and wait to see proof. He wasn’t even surprised when they came back that way that the tree had withered, but the disciples were because this was new to them. They couldn’t fathom just speaking to something and it would obey. Many who pray today ask hoping that what they ask for will be given to them. They do not pray with power and authority. Thus, the reason why there is very little manifestation in the lives of God’s people.
God wants us to understand that when we pray we must believe already that we have received what we are asking for. We must see that which is, even when it is not yet manifest. This is FAITH! Faith is not praising God after He has done something, but praising Him beforehand, acknowledging that we believe with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! Jesus made that statement because the people were saying how can a man fulfill what God wants? Jesus told them with man it is impossible, but not with God. Our faith must be in Him, not in ourselves. Too many of us believe in our own abilities and talents instead of leaning on God. We lean too much on the arm of flesh, instead of leaning on the arm of Spirit. We have yet to attain and utilize the mind of Christ that Paul teaches us about. Paul said that he is judged of no man, and he that is spiritual judges all things. Why? Because the one that is spiritual operates in the mind of Christ and therefore judges righteously.
There is another incident where Jesus speaks to the raging sea and it calms. The disciples saw Jesus perform miracles, and yet they still had no faith. They were in the boat with Jesus, but Jesus was fast asleep. They woke Him and in fear begged Him to do something about their dilemma. Jesus rose and rebuked the winds and spoke for the sea to “Be still!”
Amazing! The elements recognized the authority of His voice and did exactly as was commanded. Jesus makes it very clear this power and authority was not limited to Him. He specifically stated that we too can do the same – IF WE BELIEVE! That’s the key. If I can see it, then eventually I will touch it, experience that which I have asked for. The power of our words is key. We can speak life or death it is in the power of the tongue. But before we speak it originates in our consciousness, our thoughts. What is needed is for our consciousness to elevate, to expound, to enlarge.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back, lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2 New International Version (NIV)
If you have faith, then exercise that faith by speaking into existence what you see in your heart. When we ask God for anything He will do it! “Whatever you ask in my name,” Jesus said, “I will do it” (John 14:13) when he answers our petitions it glorifies Him, so why wouldn’t he honor our requests. Many say I have asked only for nothing to happen. Ask yourself if truly you even believed what you were asking for was already done. If we are honest we do not pray that way. We first must know and understand who it is we believe in. If we believe in an all-powerful, sovereign God then we should realize He already knows what we will ask for! We do not catch Him by surprise. God moves by our faith! Remember that. God already knows what we have need of. The prayers I’m speaking about are not for the material things of this world. Those are earthly, temporal desires. I’m speaking about the true necessities of life. These Father will always provide when we put our complete trust in Him. The things we desire should be in line with His will and plan for us. We all have a divine destiny and whatever is needed to fulfill that destiny God will provide! When He sees we believe even BEFORE we ask Him He moves according to that faith and its already done. All we need to do at that point is sit back and know it is manifesting itself. It should be no surprise to us when it does. That my friends is TRUE FAITH!
Note: To get further understanding please read article Prayer – Prescription for Power