"Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
When I first read this verse, like many, I too think the word; "two of you" is referring to me and someone else (my spouse or child,family member, partner, etc). Later on, after much reading and pondering over this verse, I realized with much elation that it is referring to my conscious and sub-conscious mind. Has there not been situations where we are at crossroads, wanting to buy something but hesitate to do so? This fighting goes on in the mind till one side wins. It is the same when we pray to God. When we pray, we initially thought we want this thing, say $10,000/mth income but as time passes, we contradicts with ourselves, doubt if it will come true. The two of us are in disagreement and this has nothing to do with God's promises. He merely delivers what we want in life. It is the fighting that goes within us, unable to make a decision with certainty if this is really what we want. That is frustrating, isn't it ?
We subconsciously pull out the self doubt in us and think that we do not deserve to have this $10,000 per month income. Words like :
Money is hard to earn.
I have no qualification , how can I deserve to make this sum of money?
How can it be so simple, just ask and have my wish fulfilled? Is this morally right? Should I even be asking this thing?
If it is so easy, then there would be no beggars left. (challenge is people may know this law but seldom put into practice)
Slowly but surely, we stop praying for this $10,000/month income believing it is not a proper and legitimate prayer request. We go on in our lives and some of us rather than trusting God, took their faith in idols. And there are many who proclaim they can foretell your future - from numerology to astrology to get rich quick scheme.
“You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God.Leviticus 26:1
Return to the maker and believe in Him who has all the wisdom and power to realise our dreams even the wildest that we can ever imagined. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55.11
God's words is guaranteed to come true but we must have faith, patience and believe fervently in his words. For those who still have doubt, go ahead and test him to see if he is truly as powerful and as wisely acclaimed , whether through the Bible or through hearing the testimonials of others. We want to experience for ourselves so that we can believe it is real. That is human.
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
This verse is commonly used in many churches during the tithe request but I think it has a wider implications. This verse was from the Old testament and one that God wants to show the exponential bountiful harvest that he can deliver to his people for a tenth of tithe they bring to the storehouse. It was, in my opinion a form of self sacrificial act on our part , not necessarily in goods form or money in today sense but how commitment and faith in Him.
God knew that for people to believe in HIM, he needs to open their heart to one of strong faith not of doubt and not to rely on idols and false prophets and by opening the floodgate of richness and prosperity, the people can turn their hearts to him and not succumb to the world on the outside.
A&A stands for Acceptance and agreement. It is when we accept and agree wholeheartedly in the things we want, we can then put forth 100% faith and commitment into doing whatever is necessary to realise it. Again, many thought the labour is on our part, working on different means, strategies, etc to fulfil our wishes. If it was so tough, God would not have said -
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
When we are cannot come to agreement (conscious mind say you want this, subconscious mind say your childhood has no memory nor experience to backup this story, so you can't have it), it would be difficult to totally accept the goals as something we want for ourselves. The conflict stays till the dominant feelings win, be it anger, envy, self doubt, low self esteem, etc. All these happen within us that we do not even know of it.
Since the subconscious like a servant to its master, is unable to differentiate from truth and vividly imagined (false if you think it sounds better), then it is up to us to consciously give it an ORDER to take it. Each time you say it, the subconscious will pull out a program from your past to bombard you, retaliate why you can't have it. That is why we need a new program, one that goes into the future and think from it. To think from the situation that we already had what we want, the $10,000 income/month and how much joy , satisfaction and peace it would bring to us. Elevate those feelings for as long as you can till it becomes natural to you. You carry yourself mentally as if you have the money not the physical sense of first spending the money (that is where many get wrong , thinking the "act as if" principle rule).
Treat it like a game, start small, think of something you want and then as you grew in confidence and the game prize gets bigger, you would realise the power of this ancient truth in the Bible, that God's words shall not return to him void and all thing must come and pass as it is stated in the scriptures.