Seven Footsteps to Answered Prayer Speak it

Speak it

“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 will be granted him.” (Mark 11:23)

Last week we learned that once the Lord has revealed in our spirit that which our heart desires we are to receive it through faith. We cannot have something if we are unwilling to receive it. Not that we have received it but we must live as if we have it, because we do. It is as sure as God’s Word that we have it. Therefore, if we have received it, we are living as if we have it, then we must speak it into existence.

In are text this morning from the Gospel of Mark we see the word say in the verse three times. God created by His spoken word. What He had conceived in His Spirit He spoke by His Word into being. This then is the model or example of how these things work. We must pray for the desires of our heart, believe in the spirit that we have received them, and speak of the desires because we have them. In the following verse in the gospel we read, “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) We believe that we have received them in faith and we must speak of them in the reality that we do have them. This is faith, this is a manifestation of what we believe. There is power in the Word of God and there is also power in our word. With the power of our word we can enable things or we can disable those same things. Let us use the power of our word to enable the desires of our heart which we have already received by the will of God.

This is not just a flippant statement we are to make as part of a formula for successful receiving of gifts. Our words are to be a statement of faith, a confession of the desire in our heart we have received. This is not a statement built upon worldly hope or wishful thinking but a word founded on the promises of God. We should not waver but remain steadfast in our faith that what has been promised shall be. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23)

It is by our confession of faith that we show that we are in agreement with God. If we confess to be in agreement with our boss but fail to do his bidding, then it will not be long before we are in the unemployment office. We cannot walk with someone long if we are in disagreement with them. It is the same with our Lord, if we are not in agreement with Him then we will not remain in our walk of faith. We must remember that we cannot think like God. We do not have the knowledge or the wisdom of the infinite God we serve. It is not that we are wrong, it is that God is always right. We know that we are sinners but God see us through His Son Jesus as righteous. We know that we are weak but through Him we are strong. “Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.” (Joel 3:10) If we are strong through Him, then we should be emboldened to do His bidding through His strength. We must speak with the power and confidence in the faith that His Spirit is our counselor. (John 14:26)

The confession of our faith is the power that we have from within us. The Word of God is power and carries the responsibility for us to handle His Word in a truthful way. We worship Him in the Spirit of Truth and we can only speak for Him in that same Spirit of Truth. If we ignore the Spirit of the Scriptures, then we reduce the truth to nothing more than empty ceremonies and superstition. Our confession must be founded on the Word of God, the promises of God, a belief on His Word and promises, and living in faith of His Word and promises. This is our good fight of faith. “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

There are some, perhaps many, which will twist the truth for the benefit of their own selves. This is nothing new as this is exactly how Satan operates. He is the father of lies and works his deception upon all that he can distract from the absolute truth. Let us when we open our mouths not fall to Satan’s devious ways and stand firm upon His Word that we may be approved, pleasing and acceptable before our God. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Jesus has made it clear to His followers that they have the power to move mountains. There are people who will say that He was talking only about spiritual mountains. That is true but Satan has twisted the truth of the Words of Jesus into meaning that they were only spiritual mountains that we can move by our faith and word. But that is not completely true. The truth of His words have been twisted, by you know who. People will say it is only spiritual in order to make the truth more reasonable. Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem and passed a fig tree that was not bearing fruit. He cursed it. On the way back from Jerusalem Jesus and the disciples past the fig tree and it had withered and died. By the faith of His word He had physically caused a response upon the fig tree. Jesus explained to His disciples this by these words. “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.” (Matthew 21:21)

The truth is that we can see the physical world and know that it is true and we have to obey the laws of the physical world. But the unseen spiritual world is just as true and real as the physical world. And like the physical world the spiritual world has law and order. This is why it is essential for us to walk by faith and not by sight. This physical world that too many have become comfortable with is passing away but the world we are heading to, the spiritual world is eternal. We had now better start to learn how to live in the spiritual world. I believe, based on Genesis 1 that the physical world was born out of the spiritual world and the laws of the spiritual world will overrule the physical.

When we express our faith with our mouth by confession it must be born of the faith that we have in our heart. Our words must be more that performing a duty or just trying to say the right and pleasing thing for the show. It must be that which is truly founded in the core beliefs of our heart. The power of what we believe and act by faith on is shown in the ability to speak it until it becomes a reality. We have spoken what we know to be truth in our spirit into the reality of the physical presence. Such as it was for Abraham and Sarah. Both too old to have children and for many that would have been a large stumbling block to their faith. But because they believed in the Word of God their faith did not waver and God’s promises came true. “Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.” (Romans 4:20)

Finally when we bless the Lord with our service out of faith in Him and speak His true word into the reality of our and others lives, then we open the door for God to richly bless us in our journey home. Always giving praise and honor unto the Lord for His abundant answers to our prayers. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, March 29, 2015

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