Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[c] it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24 ESV).
Believe is an action word. It is faith exercised. Jesus is telling us to put our belief where our faith, James 2:17 tells us faith without works is dead.
When we ask for something in prayer we must act as though we have received it. This is faith in action. To do this, we must have only one confession, not dual. We cannot pray for something and then tell everyone else we don’t have it. We must keep saying we have what we asked for and be steadfast. Having a dual confession cancels out our request.
How does this look? Suppose we have a bill due we don’t have the money for and we ask Papa to provide for that bill. Then we tell others in our circle that we just don’t have the money, we don’t know how we’re going to pay it, we’re so broke. In confessing our lack we have basically cancelled out our prayer with faithlessness and lack of trust. Most importantly, we’ve agreed with the spirits of lack and poverty. Now to believe and exercise our faith means that when we ask for that bill to be paid, we continue to tell others that the bill is paid. When speaking one confession we exercise our faith and Papa will agree with our faith and answer our prayer.
Confession is part of belief and faith. We have what we say. Confess what you believe and exercise your faith!