Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40 NIV.
This Scripture has always challenged me because it implies that the glory will be seen the minute I believe God. This then means that the times when the glory had been hiding might have been because I had not believed God. Meaning my lack of belief is a hindrance to me experiencing and witnessing the glory of the Lord.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind,” James 1:6 NIV. This shows there are two different personalities when asking God for anything in prayer. There are those who ask and genuinely believe they will receive (and have already received), and those that ask and hope they will receive ( leaving room for disappointment).
Christ says if you believe you will see the glory. What’s important to note hear is that He was speaking to “believers” and not the world. His words imply that even amongst believers there are those who don’t believe, unbelieving believers.
“You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me,” John 11:42. I love how He said that I know you always hear Me. Meaning that every single time He spoke to His Father He received what He asked for. Do we always believe we will receive when we pray or do we do it to tick a box? Or praying has become a routine that we do because people around us expect us to pray with them? Do we believe? As you soberly examine your heart I will do likewise.
Do we always believe we will receive when we pray, or do we do it just to tick a box?