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Jesus was matter-of-fact:  “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you.  This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done.  That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.  Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.  And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.  If you have anything against someone, forgive — only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”

Mark 11:22-25 The Message (MSG)

It is hard to imagine the power that is ours in Christ.  That's probably because that power is only ours through Christ.  The "name it and claim it" principle only works when we are in line with God's will.  As we embrace God's will for our lives, we learn to ask for what He already desires for us.  Then we get what we ask for because it pleases Him to give us the desires of our hearts.  He gave us the opportunity for abundant life through Jesus.  God is not stingy with His love and provision!  But He's not pleased when we are.

Many things we need are provided before we even ask for them.  Our lives were given to us before we were even born.  We didn't ask for a Savior, but God gave His Son to save us from the sin He knew we would have to fight every day of the life He gave us. These particular gifts from God came straight from His love for the world He created and not because of anything we did.  Yet, He still welcomes our requests and by His grace He honors many of them, according to His will.

According to His will . . . .  That's where we get stuck.  Are things we pray for actually what God wants for us?  Will receiving everything asked for in prayer keep us focused on our Giver?  Will we, like children sometimes do, take these things we've asked Him for and toss them aside for something else more alluring?  God already knows what we will do and encourages us to ask Him anyway.  He will determine if what we ask for in prayer will help or hurt us.  Our part is to trust Him and accept His answer.

As Believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to forgive because His greatest gift to us is forgiveness.  So, as we bow our heads in prayer and ask God, in Jesus' name, for our heart's desire, we must remember that He wants that heart to be clean.  We can't go to Him hating someone and asking for His love.  It is by grace that we receive anything good, whether we asked for it or not.  Being gracious and forgiving to others, as God is to us, gives us Christ's power to make that mountain move! 

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