Jesus: Listen to what I’m saying to you. Whatever your heart’s desire is, ask for it! But when you ask for it, have faith that you are going to receive it. And you will get what you ask for.
How many times have we read this verse, or heard it in a sermon, or saw it quoted in a book and gone away feeling cheated, or confused, frustrated, or even deceived? We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of the living God and would defend our truth claim vehemently, however in our own hearts, if we are truly honest with ourselves, we often don’t’ believe it, especially when we come across verses like the one mentioned above. The fierce truth is that we somehow either think that God is lying to us or tricking us somehow; or that there has to be some theological explanation for why these verses don’t work like they are supposed to; or that we just are not doing it right.
For example, in John 14:12, Jesus says: “Most assuredly (I’m really serious about this) I say to you (listen up, here is a promise I’m giving you), he who believes in me (that’s every believer including you and me), the works that I do (healing the sick, casting out devils, cleansing lepers, raising the dead, supernatural feeding programs, preaching to the multitudes) he will do also; and greater works than these (signs, wonders, acts, etc. that are more impressive or far reaching than Jesus did) he will do, because I go to the Father.”