Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
I heard a story one time about a blind lady that was led to a great healing evangelist for prayer. After he had prayed for her, he asked her, “Now, tell me what you see.” She opened her eyes only to be told, “Close your eyes. Tell me what you see.” She opened her eyes again only to be told, “I didn’t say to open your eyes. I asked you what you saw. Close your eyes! Now, tell me what you see.”
This went on for a while, until the lady realized that the evangelist was asking her what she saw on the inside. Did she see herself seeing? When she understood that, she said, “I see myself with sight.” Then, the evangelist told her, “Now, slowly open your eyes.” That moment, she opened her eyes to perfect vision!
When you pray, what do you see inside you? Were you praying for someone’s healing, but seeing that person in a coffin? Were you praying for a financial breakthrough, but seeing the banks pursuing you till you were bankrupt?
You don’t get what you pray for; you get what you believe you receive when you pray. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
“Whatever things” covers your every need. And believing that you receive them comes before having them. Jesus once told a centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” The centurion’s servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13) The centurion believed that he received his miracle even before he saw it in the natural.
So when you pray, what do you really believe and see on the inside?
If you can’t see it then don’t pray yet. Change your vision on the inside first. Start seeing yourself with the answer.
If it healing you need, see yourself healed. If you’ve outgrown your house and are bursting at the seams, see yourself living in a bigger.
See yourself enjoying more than enough. When you can see it and believe it, then pray in faith, and you will have whatever you ask for! The word tells us that the Father gives us the desires of our hearts. What is your desire to receive?