Love, Ask, Believe, and Receive
“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24, NIV)
I’m comforted by the truth and power of these verses. The message is so simple, yet hard for many Christians to grasp and walk out. Often, we fail to read Verses 25 and 26 about forgiveness, and seem to forget that Jesus instructs us to walk in love with God and man. Everything depends on our love walk. The path to shalom (peace, abundance, wholeness, success, and prosperity) starts with love. The stepping stones are named Love, Ask, Believe, and Receive! I’ve come to understand the pathway to a “successful and prosperous life, starts and ends with love (God’s love in us, and our love for God and others).
John Lennon’s song, “All You Need Is Love” was first performed by the Beatles on “Our World” the first live global television link. Watched by 400 million people in 26 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. Released during the “Summer of Love” the song would become one of the best-selling classic Beatles’ tunes. In a 1971 interview about his song, “Power To The People,” Lennon was asked if that song was written as propaganda. Without hesitation, he responded, “Sure, so was ‘All You Need Is Love.’ I'm a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.” As a Christian, I know Lennon was right. Love is all you need. Real love, unconditional love, changes everything. Life with God and others must start and end with love.
Child of God, the next time you pray, start by examining your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any area of your life where you have stumbled in your love walk. Start by loving God with all your mind, heart and spirit, and then love others. Once you have mastered Love, then Ask, Believe and Receive the promises of God!
Father, thank You for Your unconditional and boundless love for me as evidenced by the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus on the cross. Jesus, Your love is all I ever need. Holy Spirit, help me remember that asking, believing, receiving and having starts with loving God and man. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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