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Many Christians earnestly pray to God about their problems.  Through prayer, they seek His intervention.  But most of these Christians will not get answers to their prayers because they have not followed God’s complete teaching on how to receive from Him.  They fail because they do not realize that prayer in not enough!

     Please take careful note that the message is not that prayer is not important; what is being stated is that in order to receive God’s blessings, you must do more than just pray.  The Bible says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Also, Jesus said that men should always pray and not to faint.  However, the word of God teaches us that there is something else that we must do in order to see God’s power manifested in our lives. 

     Prayer is the first step in receiving God’s promises.  But, prayer alone will not bring us into God’s blessings.  In order to receive God’s promises, prayer must be followed by speaking God’s word to, and over, our situations and problems.  The Bible teaches us to speak to our “mountains.”

The word of command 

In the book of Mark, chapter 11, Jesus gives his disciples a powerful lesson on how to see the power of God.

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into  the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:22-25

     Jesus said that we are to speak to our mountain!  While Jesus meant this literally, we can move mountains, a mountain can be any problem that we face in life.  When our faith is in God, our beliefs line up with His word, and our words echo what is in our “heart,” our mountains will move.  Jesus did not say to keep praying about the mountain; at some point we must put action to our faith.  Our mountain will not move simply by telling God about it, it will move when we speak to it and tell it where to go. 
     When we speak God’s word to our problems, we release the power of God into our circumstances.  The Christian who not only prays but also speaks to his mountain will experience many prayer breakthroughs.