Faith Made Simple
I want to receive answers to my prayers every time I pray. I know you do, too. So it’s important to understand the principle of faith that governs prayer and see how Jesus makes it possible for us to fulfill it. It’s wonderful to see how He truly supplies every need we have, especially our need for faith.
One of the conditions of answered prayer is believing when you pray that you have received what you ask for, even before you see any tangible evidence or result.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24 NASB
Notice, He did not say you should believe you will receive your answer in the future, but that you have received it already in the past. Believing you have already received is how you take possession of God’s answers to your prayers by faith.
But I know, from experience, it can be difficult to believe you have received without physical evidence, especially when the problem is huge and the need is urgent. It’s very easy to question your faith under such circumstances, and in fact, this tendency to question your faith actually leads to more doubt. Thus, the issue of faith can become a barrier, instead of a bridge, to your miracle.
Thank God, Jesus provides the answer to the “faith” problem. He comes into our lives as our Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16). And, as our Mediator, He stands before the Father, and He receives all our blessings and answers to prayer from the Father on our behalf. That is, through His high priestly ministry and by virtue of His perfect faith and obedience in representing us before God, Jesus does the receiving for us. In fact, He has already received everything we need for life and godliness from the Father on our behalf.
Listen to these powerful New Covenant Scriptures on this subject:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. II Peter 1:2-3 NKJV
For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:16-18 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. II Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
What do these verses mean? Together, they tell you the good news that God the Father is no longer looking at the size of your faith to hear your prayers. Instead, He looks at Jesus’ faith, as your merciful and faithful High Priest, and on that basis, gives everything you will ever need for life and godliness to Jesus for you. That is, by His faith and obedience, Jesus has done the receiving for you!
So,for example, when you pray for healing today, you do not need to ever wonder whether your faith is strong enough to receive healing from the Father. Instead, use whatever measure of faith you have, big or small, to simply believe that Jesus’ faith is perfect. As your High Priest, He has used His perfect faith to receive your healing from the Father for you already.
Child of God, instead of trying hard to receive your answer from God with your own faith, I encourage you do the much easier thing. Put your faith in Jesus’ faith and in the effectiveness of His priestly ministry on your behalf. Believe in His faith, thank Him for receiving your blessing for you already, and start confessing your faith in His faith. Then with patience, expect the answer to manifest according to God’s perfect will and timing. Not because your faith is huge, but because His faith is huge, and it cannot fail!
Having faith is simple, when we are placing our faith in His faith, and not our own.