Tuesday 11 August, 2015

Mark 11:20-26

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.” [26]

Peter was surprised when he saw the fig tree withered from the roots after Jesus cursed it only a day ago. Then, Jesus said to Peter “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.”

What a great “promise”! If we just scratch the surface of this message from Jesus. I like it. And we (I guess) all like it, don’t we? We can move the mountain without construction-company’s’ hard work! We can get whatever we want (money, position, fame and wealth …) or what ever we like (luxury car, dress, jewellery, house…) and it will be done…… because of what Jesus said here….

Well, actually, what Jesus said here is a metaphor for his believers to have faith in God who can make everything possible, including moving a mountain by His word.

Also, there are some requirements that have to be met before God answers our prayer:

  1. We must be a believer.
  2. Not hold anything against anyone, forgive him.
  3. Believe we have received what we are requesting.
  4. For the good of God’s kingdom not selfish motives.

God loves us no doubt, “He will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright”. The problem is do I have faith in God and that my prayer is for the good of God’s kingdom or just my personal desire? I am not saying we should NOT pray for our health or job. But what’s inside my heart?

Dear Jesus, nothing is impossible with you. Thank you for reminding me only faith can please you. Because, the person who has doubt in his heart should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1). Help me to have faith in you at all times, no matter in good or bad condition. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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