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And Jesus answered saying to them (the twelve), "Have faith in God. 23 "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. 24 "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.  Mark 11:22-24 (NAS)

It is important to note that in Mark 11 above, Jesus is with His twelve apostles.  The day before this conversation, Jesus and the twelve had departed from Bethany to Jerusalem (see Mark 11:11).  In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus was returning from Jerusalem with the twelve.  These apostles (all except Judas who betrayed Jesus) did many great things in Jesus' name, especially after Jesus had ascended to heaven.  Jesus had granted to them those things that they asked for in faith...and that they believed would happen.

The apostles were given special gifts and abilities that no other Christians were given (e.g., the miraculous gifts of the Spirit were given through the laying on of the apostles hands - see Acts 8:18).  The apostles were also inspired by God's Spirit to preach and to teach the things of God (e.g., Acts 2, 2 Peter 3:2). 

Faith and Belief

Although Christians today do not have these same gifts that were given to the apostles, when they pray they should also have faith; believing that God will hear their prayers and give them the things they need according to His will.  In James chapter 1, Christians are given similar instructions in praying for wisdom:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 (NAS)

According to Romans 10:17, faith comes from hearing the words of Christ.  Are you reading and studying your Bible to increase your faith?  As you read, are you praying for the wisdom that comes from above; believing that God will give it to you?

...But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18 (NAS)

When you pray, do you put your faith in your own abilities...or your own righteousness?  Or do you put your faith in your heavenly Father?

Alert in Prayer With Thanksgiving

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2 (NAS)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NAS)

Are you vigilant and alert when you pray, having an attitude of thanksgiving?

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