During my family devotion last night, we were looking at Mark 11:24. As I was praying, it hit me so forcefully that ALL that we need and will ever need, is already provided. God transcends time, which means where you are right now is not surprising to him. It also means where you are going will not be a surprise to him either. He has prepared everything we will ever need before we were even created. So, what is stopping us from accessing some of these things that God has in store for us? Mark 11:24 says it perfectly, we have to believe that we have the things that we desire or ask for(paraphrasing). We have to erase all doubts.
Take your mind with me on a journey for a second. Imagine meeting someone who has everything that you could ever need and desire, and all that is stopping you from accepting these things is your unbelief. The person reassures you that there are no ulterior motives nor hidden agendas. What if the person goes as far as demonstrating his love for you by taking your place in a situation that would cost you your life? It would be crazy to doubt this person right? So, why is it so difficult to believe God for the things we pray for? He has done the aforementioned and more.
See what we need to grasp is that as humans we operate chronologically, and we are therefore clueless about what will happen beyond this day or even this very second. God on the other hand, knows the end. Therefore nothing takes him by surprise. It also says to me that because he has already seen the end, whatever we ask for according to his will is already done. When we pray in doubt, we are ignoring this indubitable fact that God has already seen our beginning and our end. He has already prepared everything for us. If we therefore believe we serve a loving God who wants the best for us, why then do we doubt him?
Now, let us be honest, our idea of good is not necessarily God’s idea of good. We feel that if we go through challenges and difficulties, that all is not well. God however uses these some times to shape our character and to bring us into deeper fellowship with him. The Bible says,“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2). Pruning is not a pleasant process because it involves cutting off things that weigh us down in some ways. Pruning is when you selectively remove branches from a tree. The goal is to remove unwanted branches, improve the tree’s structure, and direct new, healthy growth.
What I want us to be assured of however, is that God has already provided all that we need and will ever need. We have to take him at his word even when everything around us is saying otherwise. Trust God, it is already done.