To release your faith for something, you must first realize that you have it. People often say that they wish they had faith, but they do have faith. Let’s look at Romans 12:3, which says:
Romans 12:3 (KJV 1900)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. [Emphasis mine.]
The issue isn’t whether we have faith; it’s that we often don’t exercise it as the Bible directs. As you can see from the verse of Scripture above, God puts us all on the same footing, but what we do with our faith is our choice and depends on the decisions we make.
Let’s look at some verses of Scripture where Jesus describes how to exercise faith.They’re found in Mark 11:22-26.
Mark 11:22–26 (KJV 1900)
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. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Let’s break down the steps.
Step 1: Have faith in God.
Step 2: Pray and ask God for what you desire. People get hung up on the ‘what things soever ye desire’ part of this verse. They ask if Jesus really meant what He said. They wonder if they can really ask for anything. I’ve never found it useful to debate this, so here is the advice I typically give to those who are worried about asking for the wrong thing. If you’re worried about whether your request is appropriate or not, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. He can put a check in your heart if you are indeed asking for the wrong thing.
Step 3: Believe that you receive when you pray. If you honestly believe that you receive when you pray, then you act the same as if that thing is in your hands right now. You are not experiencing worry and doubt about whether it will show up. If you experience these emotions, you are not in faith.
Step 4: When you stand praying, forgive. This verse means what it says too. It doesn’t say that you may forgive the little things, but you can go ahead and keep the rest. I usually hear faith preachers stop with verse 24, but that’s not correct because Jesus had not finished speaking yet. So it wouldn’t be fair to tell you about Mark 11:24 without telling you about Mark 11:25.
If you have been believing God for something for a long time but have not seen it manifest, don’t get discouraged. Instead, go to God and ask Him to reveal what’s causing the delay. You might find that unforgiveness is the issue.
Once you take the steps as outlined by Jesus in these verses, you can be sure that you will receive what you believe for. And this is how you release your faith.