22″Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Jesus teaches this after Peter points out the withered tree that Jesus had cursed the day before. Jesus had come to the tree looking for figs but “he found nothing but leaves because it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:13). Jesus expected fruit when it wasn’t the season for fruit. He curses the tree, it withers to its root system and the teaching that flows from it is verses 22-25. Have faith in God. Believe for what you ask for in prayer – don’t doubt. Forgive others so that God can forgive you. This portion of Scripture is perplexing, really. Why did Jesus curse a tree for not having fruit when it wasn’t the right time of the year fro fruit – and how does that teach us to have faith in God? If I believe and don’t doubt, that mountain will go into the sea. Whatever I ask for will be done.
I am not sure that I have that kind of faith. My uncertainty confirms that I don’t! Increase my faith, Lord! Christ wants to accomplish things through me on this planet. I need to be in the position of belief – void of doubt – to be used to God’s potential in me. I think of that fruitless fig tree… 2 Timothy 4:2 says “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season…” Jesus wants fruit from my life regardless of the season. This will happen only as I have faith, trusting in Him completely.
Lord – I want to be fruitful for You regardless of the season. Would You open my eyes to the kind of faith You taught about – the mountains moving faith – and grow me in it? I want to believe to that extent. I want to live fully in Your power and Presence, praying for things that will come to pass because they are consistent with Your will and because they come from me – Your servant. Prompt me to pray more and to forgive others as You have forgiven me.