“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church

Day 8: March 3


And when it was evening, He went out of the city. And in the morning, as they went by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter remembering says to Him, Rabbi, see, the fig tree which Thou did curse is dried up. And Jesus answering says to them, “Have the faith of God. For amen I say to you, that whoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou taken up, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, All things whatever you ask for, having prayed, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, that your Father also who is in the heavens may forgive you your trespasses. But if you forgive not, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:19-26)

By these words is described the power of those who are in the Lord; these do not will anything, and so do not ask anything, but from the Lord, and whatsoever they will and ask from the Lord, the same is done... such power have the angels in heaven, that if they only will a thing, they obtain it; but yet they do not will anything but what is of use, and this they will as if from themselves, but still from the Lord. (Apocalypse Revealed 951:2)


To have faith in the Lord and ask for something in His name does not mean a magical spell to get whatever we want. Real faith trusts in His will, so we only ask the Lord for heavenly and eternal blessings, not earthly treasures, and pray “Thy Will be done”. What are heavenly treasures it is safe to ask the Lord for?

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