Believe And Receive

Q. I’ve been following your teachings for several years and consider it part of my daily bread. About your reference to the believe and receive crowd, I would be interested in your thoughts on Mark 11:23.

A. I don’t remember making a reference to the “believe and receive” crowd, but I have made reference to the “name it and claim it” crowd. These are people who think when they recite a promise from Scripture and claim it as theirs, they create a force that compels its fulfillment, as if they’re obligating God to perform. (And I’ve heard them describe it this way.)

But that’s not what the Lord said. What He said was, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Matt 21:22, Mark 11:24)

There’s a big difference between “commanding” God to fulfill a promise through positive confession and believing that He loves you enough to give you whatever you humbly ask for in prayer. It’s easy to see how the attitude of the heart is completely different in the two cases.

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