Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. KJV

“Believe that you receive them.” How do you do that?

Lots of Christians spend lots of time in their communication with the Father asking Him for things and petitioning Him for their needs and the needs of others to be met, they ask for things they desire and want, they ask for healing of their body, they ask for financial increase,  they ask for a job or another job, and the list goes on and on.  Can you image the requests, the prayers that come to Father God every day?

Yes, the Lord has told us to ask for things and that’s okay because we need His help, don’t we all.

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; KJV

John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. KJV

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. KJV

So we are supposed to ask for things but how do we know we have really received them after we asked as this last scripture tells us; “believe that ye receive them”? He said, once that we believe we receive them then we shall have them.  It is easy for us to make requests of God, petitions but then we have to receive after we prayed, made our requests, made our petition or petitions.

I believe the real indicator to whether we received what we asked for is “thanksgiving”, give the Lord thanks.  If we don’t give thanks, then did we really believe that the Father heard us and gave us our request or answered our prayer?  I don’t think so.  Thanksgiving is faith in action. Remember, James tells us,

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. KJV

We receive by faith and faith without thanksgiving is dead, is a dead prayer request because we didn’t receive it with thanksgiving.

Rom 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, AMP

Abraham was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God or as He gave thanks to God.  Abraham was fully persuaded God had given him the son God had promised Him and so He gave God thanks.  We receive our promises the same way, with thanksgiving.

We must conclude all of our prayers, our petitions, our requests with “thanksgiving”. We end our prayer, “In Jesus’ name. Amen. Thank you Father for….

I believe if we don’t give Father thanks immediately after we pray, ask for something or petition and from then on until it is manifested then we have not received it.  Thanksgiving is receiving.

When is the last time you prayed and asked Father God for something or asked Him to do something for you?  Did you thank Him after you prayed?  Have you thanked Him since making your request known to Him?

If you did pray and ask Him for something or ask Him to do something for you did you feel like He heard you, you got your requests?  If you didn’t then start giving Him thanks and faith will arise and you will know that you know your prayer was granted to you.

Here’s the pattern for prayer that is recorded in Philippians 4:6:

Phil 4:6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ( definite requests), with thanksgiving,…AMP

My mother taught me and I am sure most of you would say the same that when someone gave me something or did something for me I was to respond with, “Thank you.”  This is only being courteous to the other person and showing my appreciation for what they either give me or did for me.  This is no different when we are receiving from the Lord for I am sure Father God gets way more requests then He does thanks and then He gets blamed when nothing happened but prayer pattern in Philippians 4:6 tells us that thanksgiving must follow all of our prayers, petitions.

Have you notice Jesus several times when He asked the Father for something He would give thanks?  When He said, “I thank you Father,” that meant that Jesus knew the Father heard Him and He believed He had received from the Father.  Here’s are two clear examples when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and when He had to feed four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish and Jesus gave the Father thanks.

John 11:41-42 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always:…KJV

Mark 8:6-9 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand:  KJV

Thanksgiving is faith in action.

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. KJV

Thanksgiving is our faith working.  Thanksgiving is faith action. In order to receive by faith we have to give thanks.

I believe we should receive Communion with much thanksgiving as we identify with Jesus and Jesus’ redemptive work for us, receive what His finished work has given us.

Thanksgiving should be a part of our everyday lives as we live by faith and not by sight.

“Thank you.”  Very simple words but yet very powerful words when we are receiving the answer to our prayers and receiving our petitions granted we have offered to the Lord!

Prayer:  Father, I thank you that you have heard my prayers, my petitions, my requests and I thank you that you have answered them.  I receive now by faith with thanksgiving.  I will continue to give you thanks until they are manifested because I too like Abraham am fully persuaded I have received them and so give thanks to you.  Thank you, Father.  I believe I receive now in Jesus’ name.

After reading this blog, you need to listen to my audios, “The Reality of the Word of God” & “Your Way Out of Being Provision Minded”.  You can download the PDF transcription to study with the audio.