On Monday of his final week on this planet, Jesus cursed a fruitless fig tree. The next day, Jesus and his disciples walked past the same tree:
Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “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. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
(Matthew 21:19-22; Mark 11:20-26)
Jesus doesn’t have much time left on the earth so he packs two powerful lessons into one.
Faith and prayer can move mountains. Jesus wants the disciples to understand the incredible power of God unleashed by prayer in the lives of those with faith. As John the disciple put it later:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14).
In other words, if God asks you to move a mountain, he’ll provide the power to make it happen.
Forgive and be forgiven. Want God to forgive your sins? Forgive others.
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