On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. In the morning as they passed 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 11:12-24, NRSV)
It was not the season for figs, yet Jesus still cursed the fig tree because there was no fruit?
“if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you.”
I think we have all prayed for something and truly believed in our heart it was something that could happen, and it didn’t happen. So if I do not believe in what I ask it can’t happen?
Now don’t get me wrong the power of positive thoughts is something, but things have happened in my life that I wondered if they would happen, and God provided.
I think the money changers smashed in between the cursing and the believing is a sign that our outlook can not be for our own gain.
We will get what we ask for when it is not for our own gain but is for others. To be honest I wonder about this text. Becuase by this text if you believe it will be given, so if it wasn’t given you didn’t believe.
Not saying belief is not important, but if I doubt will God forget about me?
Keep the faith in the promises God has made and make your requests and if it is in His will, it will be done. And remember God’s ways and plans are much greater than ours, and we may not understand now, but all will be made clear in time.