“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).

Based upon the claims of this verse, and others like it, we have all delivered up prayers in our time of distress, conjured up as much faith as possible, and waited on God’s response, only to be disappointed. The health, wealth, and prosperity gurus would have us believe our faith was somehow lacking. Consistency, however, would demand they say the same regarding Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer, or Paul’s thorn in the flesh petition. No, the believing prayer is one that sees beyond the temporal benefit to the providential purposes of God. When we pray with such confidence, it will most certainly be received.

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