Sometimes in history someone says something so important, a politician maybe or other eminent person, that what is said becomes imprinted and quoted over the years by many future generations.
How much more important, do you think, and how much more relevant to us here today, is something that Jesus said all those years ago?
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22
"When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for." Mark 11:24
"And I will do whatever you ask for in My name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in My name, I will do it." John 14:13-14
Let us read these words again and meditate on them. They are not just throw-away lines, slogans or newspaper headlines from a politician or other celebrities.
These are the words of our Lord Jesus. They were spoken solemnly and are recorded here by three different writers.
They were not just spoken to His disciples at the time. They are not the only privileged people to hear these promises. If it were so, Jesus would have said them in secret and they would not have been recorded in the gospels.
These words, these promises, are meant for everyone - yes, you and me. Jesus was serious when He made them. He would not have said them otherwise. Let us reflects for a moment on the immensity of His words.
When we pray, do we really believe that we will receive what we ask for?
When we ask God for something, do we ever say, "In the name of Jesus, I ask you God please ... ... ..."?
Or do we rattle a long list of demands in the hope that God is listening and He will respond straight-away?
Unless we truly believe what Jesus has promised us, there is no point in praying at all.