Mark 11: 23“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. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
I was reading through Mark today and was bewildered once again by this passage! What do you think Jesus really means? This promise, if it is a promise, seems way too good to be true! I know there have been claims on passages like this that seem to interpret them as a carte blanche, ask for anything you would like and you will ‘receive’, and by anything they mean anything.
However, there are so many accounts in the gospels of Jesus saying something like this, that it makes me think there must be more to faith and prayer than most of us are actually experiencing. I wonder has the pendulum swung too far in the other direction to where we do not really ask, we don’t actually ‘believe’. Are our expectations limited more by our experiences than by God’s promises?