If we can have the joy of the Lord (Neh. 8:10, 1Th. 1:6), the peace of God (Phi. 4:7), the grace of Jesus (2Co. 13:14), the mind of Christ (1Co. 2:16), the love of God (1Jo. 2:5), and the fellowship of the Spirit (2Co. 13:14), then it’s only reasonable to believe that we can have the faith of God also (Mar. 11:22). The only reason we can have faith at all is because He first gave it to us (Rom. 12:3). So our faith is, in fact, the faith of God.
“And Jesus answered them, “ Have faith in God.” Mar. 11:22
Not only should we have faith in God, but we should access the faith of God. Some Greek scholars have explicitly stated that Mark 11:22 should be interpreted, “Have the faith of God.” And of course, there are those who may object to this interpretation. Yet, if the measure of faith given to each of us by God is from Him in the first place (Rom. 12:3), then we already have the faith of God.
We can only give back to God what He first gave to us. Make no mistake about it: God requires faith (Rom. 14:23). God doesn’t answer hope. God gives us hope, but He only answers faith (Heb. 11:6).
Expect What Jesus Expects
Even though our faith is already God-given, we can step deeper still into the faith of Christ Himself. I know this by experience, but I believe that the Bible clearly confirms it. I’m talking about deliberately embracing a faith beyond the measure of faith that God has given each one of us. I am talking about having the faith that Jesus demonstrated.
If Jesus was standing beside you praying for the sick, do you think He would be denied? Do you believe that He would fail? Can you imagine that He would lack the faith that is required to release the power to heal?
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (Joh. 14:13-14)
The truth is, Jesus is with you now. Not only that, but He has already commanded you to act and ask in His name and authority. As you pray, you should embrace the faith that you know Jesus would have as He prays through you. Asking in the name of Jesus is equivalent to Him asking Himself.
You Get What You Ask For
This brings up an important principle. “… Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” (Mar. 11:24 AMP)
I have found that you can position yourself to step into the faith of Jesus more consistently by actively believing and anticipating that God will give it to you.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.