“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:6-8).
The promises in Mark and 1 John cannot be ours before we have given up any sense of a will apart from God. The unstable man is double minded because he sees two separate wills in himself. He can never pray in faith since there never is assurance in him that what he desires is God’s desire manifested in Him. The promises in Mark and John will at first always cause frustration in the new man, and they will continue to do so until the Spirit has pressed him into a corner from where there is only one way out – only one will. To walk out of that corner demands a frightening leap of faith. It is far easier to dismiss the promises and tie them to a so called spiritual elite than let them find a foothold in the inner man. The promises become alive and potent to those who have left the corner and by faith recognize only one will in them and who have denounced a human will apart from God as a falsehood and an illusion. To those nothing is denied (John 11:42).