Mark 11:22-24 (ESV) And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Jesus doesn’t teach us to ask God to move the mountain. He teaches us to have faith in God and then SPEAK TO THAT MOUNTAIN, believing it must obey. That’s what effective “asking” in prayer looks like. That’s the prayer of faith. That word for “ask” here is the Greek, “aiteō.” It literally means to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, or require. In context of what Jesus said immediately before, it would make more sense to translate it, “require.” Read it with that perspective:
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you require in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
The Prayer of Faith Requires…
Believing that you have received it is “requiring” it. It must obey, it must be done, it is done… and now the only question is when and how it manifests. That’s Bible faith. That’s not just having faith in God, that’s having the faith of God… the God kind of faith. That’s having faith the way God has faith. When God commands the mountain, He requires it to obey knowing that it must, and His word never returns void or fruitless because it always accomplishes what He releases it to do. That is good news. That is Kingdom thinking. We’ve got to learn to think like the King, embrace the mind of Christ. Look at another statement Jesus made using the same word for “ask.”
John 14:13-14 (ESV) 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.”
Several words here are not actually in the original text, but only assumed. Probably by scholars who didn’t understand God-faith, to be blunt. I’m not trying to be disrespectful, I’m trying to make a point. It does not say “this I will do,” it just says, “this do,” or, “this done.” So, perhaps this may be a better way of presenting it:
“Whatever you require in my name (authority), it is done, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you require anything in my name (authority), it will be done for me.”
What Do You Require?
We need to pray to get it done, not to just just keep repeating ourselves or convince God to do something. I’ve said before that I have found in my life I don’t get what I need or what I ask for—I get what I require. And that’s what Jesus is saying. Have faith in God. You’re an authorized Kingdom representative, His ambassador with His authority. God always answers Jesus, and He will answer us also. Jesus is backing us up and it glorifies God when we are that bold. It doesn’t glorify God to ask without believing. He’s not glorified when we talk but we don’t expect anything to obey the authority of Christ upon us.
Come to the place that you know that when you speak to that mountain, what you speak must be done. Require it. And then, watch… expecting.
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.