If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 21:22 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

If You Believe

According to a 2022 report by Cardus, just 19% of Canadians call themselves non-religious. While only 16% are religiously committed, another 19% of the Canadian population say they are privately faithful. Almost half of the Canadian population – 47% – say they are spiritually uncertain. We would call them agnostics. What is most interesting, it seems, is that 65% of Canadians say they believe in God or a higher power, relatively unchanged since 2017. 60% believe in life after death.

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Yesterday we looked at the story of the withering of the fig tree in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem and He wanted to paint a picture of the emptiness of the Pharisees’ religious system. He would use a fruit-less fig tree to show how empty they really were. Matthew’s Gospel takes the story to a new level, and quotes Jesus making a promise to those who trust God. In Matthew 21:22 we read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Some people take this verse out of context and make God out to look like a big Santa Claus in the sky. Whatever we ask of Him, He will give us. But Scripture doesn’t tell us this. The Lord knows what is best for us, and in our selfishness, we often ask for selfish and harmful things. God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. So, what does this verse mean? Jesus is speaking to His disciples, men He would entrust with taking the Gospel to the world. He is promising them here that whatever they needed for that task, He would supply. Unlike the barren fig tree, as they trusted God they would bear fruit.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley