Potent Points on Prayer

The morning after the overthrow of the moneychangers tables, the Lord moves toward Jerusalem. On the way, He used the time to make some potent points on prayer. In Mark 11:20-26, we have the record: “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” On the way, the disciples noticed that the fig tree that Jesus had cursed had withered away. Peter told Jesus to look at it. Jesus used the time to teach. First, Trust God! He knows what He is doing and why, even when we don’t. Believe what you ask will be granted. Don’t make the mistake that this is a way to twist God’s arm to grant us all we desire. In the larger context of Scripture, we ask in harmony with the will of God for and through us. We desire what He desires. We are told that true faith can move mountains. (If we actually had faith that strong….but we don’t)! Yet, faith can and does move mountains of problems and difficulties! Finally, there is a reminder: if we don’t forgive offenders, we won’t be forgiven. If we are unforgiven, that blocks our fellowship and obstructs our praying.  I recall a gospel song (I don’t know the author’s name) that gives the key to answered prayer: “God answers prayer in the morning. God answers prayer at noon. God answers prayer in the evening. So, keep your heart in tune!” Selah! In tune with God’s Word, God’s Will, in touch with God. Then expect to pray effectively.   Ron

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