Jesus made several puzzling statements, including,
"Whosoever says to this mountain, be removed and cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things which he says will come to pass shall have whatever he says." Mark 11:23
It is puzzling because most of us know our words do not come to pass. Why would this be? Is it because we are not "whosoevers?" He also said elsewhere "everyone who asks receives." Our experiences are quite different from that, to put it mildly. Why is this?
The Word of God is Spirit:
Jesus is a Spirit speaking to our spirits not to our bodies or our minds. The Word of God is Spirit. Jesus said, "The words I speak, they are spirit and they are life." His words are designed to be responded to by spirits not by bodies or brains. He said, "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." We can say "they that act, pray, ask, speak to God or in response to God must do so in spirit and in truth." It is impossible for God to respond to us when we are not speaking and acting from our spirits, from our core, our hearts, our essence. God does not fellowship with mere bodies or brains but with spirits. Our minds or mouths by themselves cannot connect with God who is pure Spirit.
Mountains do not respond to intellectual or emotional words but to words emanating from a spirit in the image of God. The whole universe obeys a command from such spirits as it would obey Jesus or God. Why? It does not know the difference between the image of God and God. If a Fox sees a true image of God, do you think it will be able to tell it is not God? Jesus made it clear: "They that believe in me, the works that I do shall they do and greater works than these shall they do."
As far as creation is concerned a true image of God speaking from his spirit through the Spirit is no different from God speaking. You are not God and you, God and the devil know that but the mountain does not know the difference. I believe the sun and the moon responded to Joshua as they would to God. Imagine! A human being commanded the heavenly bodies and they promptly obeyed! It is not far-fetched when you consider that humans are God's images, whose potential is Christ.
When God makes a copy of anything, you will need supernatural help to tell the difference between the copy and the original. It's our reborn spirits that are copies of God, not our bodies which are mere earthen vessels. We severely limit ourselves and tether ourselves to the terrestrial when we allow our bodies and senses to lead us. At best, we would be considered "highly evolved animals." The good thing is when I live from my spirit, my body and soul are in alignment and supernaturally invigorated - they transcend limitations. All things become possible. You walk on water.
Be in spirit 24/7:
Our primary calling is being in spirit 24/7. You cannot speak a word from your spirit and God not hear you anymore than your child will call your name and you not hear and respond. One reason for lack of results, lack of answered prayers, stationary mountains of all kinds is that we are not speaking and acting from our spirits, which is not only the image of God but is also the dwelling place of God.
Get out of your head. It is limited, it is untrustworthy and will lead you in the way that seems right but only ends in destruction. Get out of your emotions and senses, rise above your feelings and be in spirit. Let your spirit be the one reading this - go beyond the words and letters. The letters deaden, even if they are in the Bible, but the spirit invigorates, resurrects, brings life. Let your heart and not your head or feelings be the one relating with your family, your neighbors and co-workers and see what will happen to you and your environment. You will create exactly what Jesus would create or greater if He were in your shoes. Be in spirit. You will be intensely hated or intensely loved, never in between.How Can You Tell Whether You are in Spirit?When you or I are in spirit, we are in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. If any of them is missing we are not in spirit but in the flesh and no matter what I am going through, God cannot "hear" me in the flesh and the universe cannot respond to me except by toil and sweat. Check out Christ's sweatlessness - that is what we are capable of and what we ought to aspire to.
Imagine being able to multiply material substance, heal disease, transform individuals and communities, create products like Christ did without all the deadly contraptions we use today to achieve nothing but more death. When you are in spirit, God hears and responds to you, demons acknowledge you, people recognize you even if they cannot tell what it is about you that is healing, life-giving, peaceful, joyful, full of light because you are what we all aspire to - Christlikeness. The universe responds to you as it would its Creator, when you are in spirit.
Another word for "in spirit" is, inspired.
Patanjali said this, millennia ago:
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."
I believe being inspired by a great purpose does that to you. But imagine being inspired by The Holy Spirit, allowing the Spirit to find expression through you and I, from our spirits, not in a mere religious sense (having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof) but in reality.
Then, the prayer will be fulfilled, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven".