And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; let it be done to you as you have believed." And the servant was healed that very hour. (Matthew 8:13)
Disciples understand that life with Jesus means what we believe, becomes a reality in our lives.
In Matthew 6:33, we are told to seek first the kingdom of God. The Greek word, Basileia, actually means kingship, or rulership, or reigning of God. In other words, we are to seek first the kingship of God in our lives, then "all these things" shall be added unto us. This means we submit personally to God's kingship. We come under His rulership and make Him our personal King.
When we do this, He sees to it that we lack nothing. This makes sense. All the blessings of God are in His kingdom. When we submit to His kingship, we automatically step into His kingdom. This puts us in position to receive "all these things."
We make this step of faith, submit to His kingship, take up residence in His kingdom and the promise of Matthew 6:33 becomes a reality. By agreeing with the principles and standards of the kingdom of God, we experience the promises of God.
This doesn't happen unless we believe it will happen. If we don't believe, we don't submit to God's kingship; therefore, we continue to wrestle our way through life, trusting our own ability. Lack of belief keeps us out of the kingdom and away from "all these things." What we believe always dictates our behavior. This is true in every aspect of our lives. Man first believed he could reach the moon before he actually got there.
This is a spiritual principle: If one of us believes in something, and if we get others to believe in it also, our spirits work together to establish it as truth in the spirit realm. It is then only a matter of time until it becomes reality in the physical world. This doesn't take a large group of people, it can be accomplished with two or three (Matthew 18:19,20).
As a general rule, the church believes just the opposite. It is as if we are on a big bus, with God as the driver. We sit looking out the windows, watching life pass by, hoping we don't bump into anything. We try to make ourselves as comfortable as possible, and we assure God we will go anywhere He wants us to go, if He will just take us there safely.
We don't want to distract God or irritate Him with any prayers specific enough to draw His attention to us. We feel that by staying generic, we cause Him no problems; therefore, we are in His will. The sad result is that God is unable to accomplish anything through us.
The spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places do not want two of us to agree on anything in prayer. As soon as we do, they run the risk of having their veil of deception ripped apart. Look what happened in South Korea when Pastor Cho discovered the truth of this principle of God. Every Friday, 20,000 minimum, gather on Prayer Mountain. Some of them pray until Sunday morning. This must cause havoc with the world forces of darkness.
There are thousands of testimonies of how God has sovereignly moved to perform miracles when two or more agreed together about something. When George Mueller's orphans agreed in prayer, God seemed eager to reveal His power and His love.
How can we be so deceived? When we know it is the will of God to heal, why do we hesitate to ask Him? Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in need of healing (Luke 9:11). There is no record of Jesus turning anyone away with the admonition that their sickness was for their own good. Jesus wants us to have life abundantly (John 10:10), but we feel we don't deserve it. We don't believe abundant, healthy life is God's will for us.
Satan has told us we have done nothing to earn such grace. And therein lies the lie. There is always a certain amount of truth in a lie to make it believable. It is true we have done nothing to earn health and abundance. But the truth is, we can't earn God's grace, it is a gift.
He wants us to have a good life because He loves us. And He wants us to be a beacon for the rest of the world. When we testify what God has done in our lives by His grace, through the blood of Jesus, we tear down the strongholds of deception erected by the enemy.
The spiritual realm is constantly at war to determine which will be the controlling force on earth. Except for isolated cases, Satan has the church in the palm of his hand. We have become passive and indifferent. Our prayers are filled with "weasel clauses," inserted to protect us from embarrassment in the event they don't appear to be answered. We do not pray with faith, believing (Matthew 21:22).
Remember this truth: When two of us agree on earth, knowing that we believe according to the will of God, and when we lift up our belief in a prayer of faith, we cause things to happen in the heavenlies! In a matter of time it manifests on earth.
Is there any reason in the world to pray, if we don't believe God answers prayer? Our prayers, in agreement with God, are absolutely essential to establish the kingdom of God on earth.
We disciples should find somebody, anybody, willing to join us in prayer, believing. We then go before the Lord, in faith. We let it be a secret between the two of us. We don't allow any unbelief to enter. We remember that even Jesus could not do many mighty works in His hometown because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58).
We record the day and the prayer on paper. We keep on asking, seeking and knocking!
The effective prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. (James 5:16)
Are we righteous? We are, if we seek God! Are we in God's will? We are, if we seek His will!
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: What do I really believe about prayer?