This, right here, is probably the most powerful “name-it-and-claim-it” verse in the Bible. Mark 11:23–24 (NASB95) “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”
Honestly, I really struggled in prep for this study. At first, I found myself wanting to just make sure that this passage wasn’t used for the kind of stuff Kenneth Copeland teaches. But I sensed that, in my desire to avoid a particular interpretation, I might be blinding myself to what the passage is saying. So, I took a different approach, one that I try to always take but one that was particularly difficult for me to do this time around. I took myself out of the debate over “name-it-and-claim-it” teaching in the 21st century and instead sought to thoroughly understand how this radical passage makes sense in the context of Mark and the rest of the New Testament. The result has been a really rewarding study on the power of prayer and the reality of faith in the midst of suffering. This passage doesn’t fit “name-it-and-claim-it” and it doesn’t fit cessationism either.
My hope is that I can bring clarity with this study and stir up faith. Faith for miracles and faith for suffering.
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