Wednesday Word 10.26.2016

Mark 11:12-25 New International Version

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

We are a skeptical race.  We want to see it to believe it.  A mountain throwing itself into the sea? Was Jesus just employing hyperbole to make his point after a very trying day? Did he mean it? Why don’t we trust God to move mountains for us?

Our God is awesome, mighty to save.  Jesus promised to be with us for all time (Matthew 28:20).  In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with you.”  What would happen if we acted like Jesus was here with us? What mountains could be moved if we came together and believed God would make it so?  Do we have that kind of faith?  Not the “Santa Claus bring me what I want” faith, but a true trust in the will of God?

Do you ever pray with somebody else, other than Sunday morning I mean?  What if you were to begin praying with someone else regarding something specific?  What if you and your prayer-mate(s) were to thank God for something very specific? Paul exhorted the church in Philippi to “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love,  being one in spirit and of one mind” (Phil 2:2).  Can you just imagine what might happen?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ,