MARK 11:24 NASB
24 "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and
ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be
The Greek word translated "received" is lambano, which means to
actively receive. In English we use the word "take" to describe
For example, the following scriptures contain the Greek word,
"lambano." This may help you get a better understanding of what
receive means when it translates this word, lambano.
MARK 12:8 NKJ
8 "And they TOOK him and killed him and cast him out of the
JOHN 19:6 NKJ
6 …Pilate said to them, "You TAKE Him and crucify Him, for I
find no fault in Him."
As the above passages show, sometimes lambano is translated as
take or took — and is not at all passive, but very active.
MARK 11:24 SWANN
24 Therefore, I exhort you, All things whatever you pray for
and ask, have faith that you have taken hold, and it shall be
So, this verse is saying to us that when we pray, we are to
believe we take what we are asking for, and then we will have
How can we do that?
We must take them by faith. How do we "take them by faith?" We
release words of faith based on what God has said in His Word,
We are not talking about forcing God to do something, but to
receive (or take) what is already offered.
How can you "believe you have received" something before you
see it? Easy! You just need credible evidence.
If someone you trusted told you they had deposited money in
your bank account, you would not need to physically go to the
bank and see the cash before rejoicing.
Well, God — who cannot lie — has told us many things in His
Word. When we pray in line with what God's Word already says is
ours, that is our evidence on which we can base our belief.
When God says it — we can believe it. So that is our evidence
by which we can "believe we receive" something when we pray.
So, by our faith, we "take it."
(We are not taking it from God. He has already given it to us.)
SAY THIS: When I pray I am supposed to "take" the answer by