Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
This passage of Scripture is often called the Mechanics of Faith because it reveals how faith actually operates.
The domain of faith is the “heart” (your spiritual core) not your “head” (or your five senses) and functions through two important actions…
1. Seeing with the eyes of faith
2. Declaring the Word of God
Faith starts by “seeing it”
I love the story in Mark 10:46-52 about Blind Bartemeus. He heard that Jesus was in town and knew He was approaching because of the large crowd. He knew that Jesus had been healing people and started crying out, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.”
The cry for mercy will always get Jesus' attention. But what brought Blind Bartemeus his miracle was he “believed” who Jesus was and what He could do – this is called “seeing” with the eyes of faith.
Everyone else saw Jesus with their physical eyes, but this blind man saw the Messiah (the Son of David) through the eyes of faith and received his healing.
Faith also “declares” the truth about God’s Word
In Mark 5 you can read the story of the Woman with the Issue of Blood. The text says she heard about Jesus healing people and began to say to herself “if I can just touch His garments, I shall be healed.” She was saying this to herself over and over.
That day there were hundreds, possibly thousands of people who were pressing against Jesus and were touching Him, but only one person touched Him with faith and Jesus felt power flow out of His body as this woman received her healing.
We see these two principles of faith in our text in Mark 11:23-24.
There is the “seeing” part – it is believing in your heart the things that you are hearing or reading about Jesus. It is seeing this truth with the eyes of faith – and thus, believing by faith that you already have it!
Jesus says: …whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
There is also the “saying” part which is declaring what you are believing.
Read the verse over again and again and see these truths. It is important that what you are “seeing and saying” are the same thing. Faith fails whenever these are not the same. That’s where we need to train ourselves in faith – get the seeing and the saying in agreement and faith starts flowing.