“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
We never read anywhere in Scripture, or even in any extra-Biblical historical accounts that any of the Lord’s disciples ever said to a mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea” (Mark 11:23). When Jesus taught that we would receive whatever we desired when we prayed, He spoke of those whose sinful and desperately wicked hearts had been replaced with new hearts; He spoke of those who were once spiritually dead, now having been resurrected with a new spirit unto newness of life; He spoke of the praying soul who was now regenerated, having an entirely new disposition, with a heart that has turned to God and panting hard after Him, to love Him with all the heart, all the soul, all the mind, and all the strength. Is your desire the God who has saved you? Is it the Lord that you want? “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25).
If our desire in prayer is anything other than God Himself, if that desire does not include God’s will, God’s Word, and all of God’s ways for His ultimate and eternal glory, we’ve sinned.
The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.