Matthew 21:22 says, “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” NLT
The word “all” in the Greek means “anything”. It is the word pas, and it means all, any, every, the whole.
This is the passage that talks about commanding our mountains (obstacles) to be uprooted and removed out of our way, and it would obey us.
Many church denominations are in agreement that Matthew 21:22 is not really referring to “anything”, when Jesus said that you can pray for anything and it would be ours if we have faith. They feel that the word “anything” means “some things”, and especially spiritual things. Other than the spiritual, and divine healing, the rest of man (or woman) is neglected.
God created us spirit, soul and body. Plus, we operate in a world that is governed by economics.
God wants to minister to every part of us and bring wholeness. He wants to bring healing and breakthrough in any area of our lives in which we need it. And not only for us, but also for our family members, loved ones and others.
I heard the Lord speak to my inner spirit a few days ago the phrase: “the whole nine yards”. He was saying that He wants to bless His children with the “whole nine yards”.
This idiom is a figure of speech that means: “the whole thing; complete; all of it”. He is saying to not just ask Him for a few things, or to feel like you have to pick and choose. That’s what religion tells you. Religion always puts God in a box … to limit Him, and also tries to box us in too.
Even if, at one point, God told you to ask Him for what you wanted the very most, that was a prophetic act for that moment in time. In no way would God limit Himself to just doing one miracle.
Sometimes the Lord highlights, in our lives, what we want the very most because it’s the most sensitive area of our hearts. Sometimes He wants permission to gently touch those very sensitive areas, and to assure us that He desires those things for us as much as we want it, and that He cares.
God wants to give us our heart’s desires, just as long as we put the Lord first and don’t have any other idols above Him.
God is saying to present Him with the entire list of everything you would like Him to do in your life, and declare to Him that He’s Able to do it. Begin to call things into existence (Romans 4:17). Check it off your list when God brings it to pass.
Romans 4:17-22 says:
17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.
19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.
20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).
Getting back to Matthew 21:22 about asking God for anything … it’s like in my spirit I can hear some people saying, “Yes, but what about the Scripture that says that you ask, but do not receive, because you ask amiss.”
We will examine this passage to see what James was talking about. The Scripture reference is James 4:3. To understand this verse, we must look at the context of James’ letter. We will begin at Chapter 3, Verse 1.