Jesus meant every word when he said: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” It wasn’t some sort of cruel joke. He was deadly serious when he uttered those words, and he meant for us to take him literally. Jacques Ellul wrote: Faith is all or nothing. When faith dawn upon us we have no other choice but to stubbornly stand without deviating on that word from Jesus. We hold fast that every single one of our prayers are answered even if, like the faith heroes of the past mentioned in Hebrews, we do not see the manifestation in this life. Even when we wrestle with doubt faith won’t allow for any compromises, because God is faithful and cannot lie. When the word is spoken faith is unbending. It was Norman Grubb who said: If the devil or man say it isn’t, I say it is!
We may be tossed to and fro in the agony of faith until that faith that is God’s faith gives way to certitude. Faith is a personal matter because when God called us into faith he speaks to us individually, thus His faith that is heard with our unique and singularized ears will more often than not make us look like fools to the spectators of faith. This faith is also a humbling experience, because the faith that has dawned upon us and taken hold of us and which we use and exercise do not originate in us, but somehow it becomes ours. The agony of faith is a result of that this desire that God has pressed upon us and which have compelled us to speak our word, that is, calling into existence things that be not, seems impossible to the rational mind. Since God deals with us individually we might be called to step into new and unchartered territory which demands of us to trust God only, because this unique path we walk is how God calls us by our name and particularizes Himself, and calls us out of the flock to walk with Him. Faith is accompanied with no signs, but incitements from God are plenty to keep walking against all appearances, if necessary. In other words, outer signs to support our faith are nonexistent as the Lord takes us from glory to glory, that is, moving us from outer to inner reality.
Jesus said about Nathaniel: “See! Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity!” Nathaniel means God’s gift. These traits Jesus honored in Nathaniel isn’t a matter about how God views us, but it is who we are as new creations, because God has taken possession of us and now inhabits His temple. He is our gift, and hence what is true about Nathaniel is true about us. Resting in that He is our life (there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity in us) we trust our desires, prayers, words of faith as He coming through. And this is the land (consciousness) we come to possess and is the foundation to believe like Jesus said we would.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isa 55:10-11). God doesn’t believe in failure.