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Do You Thank God for Things He Hasn’t Done Yet? Here’s Why You Should!

Expectation is all about knowing or anticipating something will happen. For example, when you get up in the morning for school, the expectation is that you’ll come home with homework. It doesn’t always work out that way, but most of the time it does.

Well, we’re supposed to have expectations of God, too.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” —Mark 11:24

According to what Jesus says in this verse in Mark (paralleled in Matthew 21:22), if we believe that we have received what we ask for in prayer, then it will be granted to us. That phrase “you have received” is past tense; it means that it’s been done for us already.

This verse tells Christians to have the expectation that as soon as God hears our prayers, He begins to put things in place to answer those prayers and to grant us the things we’ve requested. The keys to this are faith and expectation, and they go hand in hand.

We need to have faith that God is who He says He is, and that He can and will do what He has said He’ll do. When we have faith that God will do what He has said, then we behave as though we are expecting God to answer our prayers. Then our prayers are no longer simply words we direct to the ceiling—they are powerful enough to move the heart of God.

Even if God answers our prayers in an unexpected way, we still need to expect Him to answer. One way to cultivate this faith and expectation is to begin thanking God for answering our prayers even before we see the answer. The Bible tells us that Jesus said if we believe that we have [already] received, then those things will be granted to us.

This is incredibly difficult for us because we tend to only believe we’ve received those things we can see with our eyes. This requires that we believe we’ve received things that we can’t see or touch yet. We can’t look up a postal or UPS tracking code for them. We simply have to believe that God will do what He promised.

The reason we don’t usually see this promise fulfilled is because it’s so hard for us to maintain this kind of belief for very long. We begin to feel foolish if we keep believing that we’ve received something that hasn’t arrived yet, but God’s timing isn’t the same as ours. We need to start practicing believing for longer periods, no matter how silly it might make us look or feel. Don’t you wonder what kind of miracles you might see God do, if only you could hold on to your belief just a little bit longer? I do.

So girls, I want to encourage you today, whatever thing you’ve asked God for, try hard to believe, like Jesus said, that you’ve already received it, thank Him for those things until you see them accomplished and see what miraculous things God does in your life.

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” —John 14:13-14

Girls, what’s the most recent prayer you’ve seen God answer for you?

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  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 10, 2013 at 15:05

    I haven’t done this in quite a while,but I will start because I’ve been praying for some things,and I’m thinking I haven’t received them yet because my faith gets weak. It’s not just asking for things either. I want to show God that I can trust Him no matter what.

  2. TrustingThroughTrials

    Posted by TrustingThroughTrials on December 10, 2013 at 10:52

    Okay Jenn , I have a question. So, I was praying this weekend about a Christian concert I got invited to with a group from church. I prayed thanking God for it and thanked him in advance for working out the details (the ice was going to potentially cause issues). I got a message yesterday with details about it and that it was still going to happen and I thanked God for it. Today, it was cancelled, and yeah I am sad, I am not mad at God or anything though. But I don’t really know, I feel bad for praying that He would work it out for me to go if that wasn’t His will. How should I handle situations like that in the future?

  3. cayenne.tisher

    Posted by cayenne.tisher on December 8, 2013 at 20:58

    I have come to really love prayer over the past few months! I enjoy talking with God and at least once a week, I thank God for the things I know he already has figured out for the people I love. I am often amazed by how I see God working because I know that he didn’t just throw things together… he took the time to work out every last detail long before anything ever was made! It is amazing when you truly think about it! And the fact that the Creator of EVERYTHING has time to hear every prayer I say just blows my mind! It leaves me in awe of the AMAZING God that I worship!

  4. TrustingThroughTrials

    Posted by TrustingThroughTrials on December 8, 2013 at 15:12

    I really like this. It is something I do, but I need to do it far more often. I normally do it in a broader perspective, “Thank you God that you already know where I will go to college, and that you will show me in the right timing.” Instead of more specific and more in the right now. I need to start doing this.