Jesus and the Fig Tree


In the morning as they pass by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.  Then Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi Look! The Fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain,’ ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:20-24

This lesson from scripture has extremely important meaning to us as Christians. It says that whenever we ask God for something and have absolutely no doubts that it can and will be done, God will provide. At the same time, we must remember that what we ask for in prayer not only must be done with full faithfulness but that it must be of God’s Will. Only then will our prayers be answered and only on God’s time. We need to remember that even though God will provide for all who ask in full faith and lack no doubt; we are not in charge, God is and that it is never about us but always God.

I am reminded of a song that I have heard a few times on the radio called “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks; in it is the line “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.” The point here is the same, no matter what we ask God for even in true faith, he knows what we need when we need it and even where better than we do. Basically, we need to trust God and let him do what he does and to follow him. We are not in control and never will be, God is! When we acknowledge this, we learn that God will always provide for us what we need in his good time. Even though he only provides for us what we need in his time and if it benefits his will; if we truly follow and believe in God through Jesus Christ than his will is our will and what benefits him benefits us.

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