Grace & Faith ( Lesson 7 session 2) #VOCbiblestudy “...whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.”
MARK 11:24 AMP .
Many people err, trying to force God to do something. When we want something from God we usually start praying about it. But we must also know the truth that everything we need in this life has already been given to us in Christ. We just need to believe and receive it. In other words, Grace means it's already done for you or given to you and Faith calls you to act out what you believe and receive what is already been given to you (Heb 11). Most people however take scriptures like mark 11:24 and try to claim by faith something that doesn't belong to them, for example claiming a neighbours house or wanting to rob a bank and be rich. However such prayers won't work as God hasn't provided for that.
Faith only appropriates what God has already provided by Grace. If God hasn't already provided it, your faith can't make God do anything. The reason you can't go out and successfully rob a bank using Mark 11:24 is because God hasn't provided for thievery in His atonement. Grace hasn't already provided the means to steal from others. Mark 11:24 doesn't make God do anything. It's talking about discovering what He has already provided. We think that God responds and moves to our Faith. But the truth is that YOUR FAITH IS A RESPONSE TO GOD'S GRACE.