People are not always dependable. There are times when I ask someone something, reach out to someone, or depend on someone to get something done, but deep down, I’m not really counting on their doing whatever is I need. Usually that’s because I’ve been burned by that particular person. It just happens. So, when that person does come through and do what I hoped, I’m surprised. I never tell them that I’m surprised, because that’s just rude. But in my heart, I’m surprised when a person I cannot on with 100% confidence delivers.
Unfortunately, there are other times I am surprised, as well. Sometimes I am surprised when I pray for something, and God does it, provides it, whatever. There have been times I have said, “I cannot believe…” only to later realize that I should have believed. I asked God to work in a particular way, and He did it. When we are surprised when God acts on our behalf, we reveal our faith to be more limited than we’d probably like to admit. When we pray to God, we should pray expectantly. We should believe it’s already done, just as we have asked.
Mark 11:24 (NLT) says, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” Jesus is speaking here, and He’s telling His followers that God can do the impossible. He had just told them that with absolute faith in God, they could move a mountain. Faith in prayer leads to God’s showing up in the impossible. Keep in mind, though, that the motive must be Godly. James 4:3 says that we don’t have, because we don’t ask, and when we do ask, we ask with the wrong motives. So, you can’t just take Mark 11:24 out of context of the whole Scripture and plan for God to give you anything your selfish heart desires. But when you ask in faith, out of a pure motive, God can and will show up.
Don’t be surprised when God heals someone you’ve prayed for to be healed. Don’t be surprised when God provides financially in unexpected and miraculous ways when you’ve cried out to Him. Don’t be surprised when people in your family who are so far and in opposition to God come to know Him if you’ve been praying for exactly that. Don’t be surprised. Pray in faith, believing He will do it, and watch Him go.