Can we have anything we ask for? It seems Jesus says we can when he says “Have faith in God. Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and cast into the sea; and doesn’t doubt in his or her heart, but believes those things he or she says will come to pass; he or she will have whatever is asked for. Therefore I say unto you, What things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” (1) It appears that we can have whatever we want. However, Jesus is talking about something much more significant.

Jesus is talking about spiritual things. Even Jesus’ disciples made the mistake of taking Jesus’ words as literal instead of spiritual. (3). Many people have experienced praying for things to happen, having unwavering faith they will happen, and having those prayers not being “answered.” We can pray for these things, and sometimes God answers our prayers. However, God wants us to focus on the spiritual things in life. Worldly health and wealth always come secondary to spiritual health and wealth.

God always answers the prayer for the Holy Spirit and the things of the Spirit because He wants to give us the best gifts. Jesus tells us if we ask God for the Holy Spirit, He will always give it to us. (3) What is even more amazing is that some original Greek translations “indicate that what is asked for is already accomplished.” (4) In other words, we have the Holy Spirit; we just have to believe that we got him! The Holy Spirit comforts us and teaches us how to live through difficult times in our lives. (5) Although our prayers may seem to go unanswered, we can have the Holy Spirit through our belief in Jesus Christ. This is the best gift of all!

(1) Mark 11:22-24
(2) Luke 11:7-13
(3) John 6:63
(4) “The Good Gift of Prayer.”
(5) John 14:26