This is a great story, which reminds me to believe that I will receive
what I ask for when I humble myself before the Lord and not doubt in my
heart. I think of this scripture often when I pray for others.
James 5:16, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray
for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of
a righteous man avails much."
Read and meditate on this great parable.
Mark 11:11-26 (the numbers in the text refers to the Bible verses)
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had
looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to
Bethany with the twelve. 12 Now the next day, when they had come out from
Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves,
He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to
it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In
response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And
His disciples heard it. 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into
the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple,
and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who
sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the
temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house
shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it
a 'den of thieves.' " 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and
sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the
people were astonished at His teaching. 19 When evening had come, He went
out of the city. 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the
fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to
Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." 22 So
Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 23 "For assuredly, I
say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into
the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things
he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 "Therefore I say
to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive
them, and you will have them. 25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you
have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may
also forgive you your trespasses. 26 "But if you do not forgive, neither
will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
The key thing for answered prayer is to believe in your heart that you
will receive what you ask of the Lord as well as to forgive your
trespassers. Verse 24-25. Jesus wants us to have faith that we will
receive and not be double-minded in our acts and deeds. Our words are
powerful. Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."
Remember: God created the earth by talking it into existence as you can
read in Genesis 1. Don't forget how powerful Your words are.
Everlasting in Christ,
Gods Work Ministry