Tuesday – Heading back to the city again, Jesus and his disciples pass a fig tree. Jesus is hungry but there are no figs. Jesus curses the fig tree, declaring that no one will ever again eat fruit from that tree. Jesus and the disciples go about their daily business and on the way back to Bethany at the end of the day the disciples are amazed to see the tree withered to its roots!
**Newsflash** Fig trees out of season don’t have fruit! *** In other news, Jesus gets hungry***
Jesus was fully human (and fully God) and He got hungry just like we do. So when he saw a fig tree, even though it was out of season, He decided to look for some figs. Apparently (and I am no expert) a fig tree has fruits at the same time as it comes out in leaf, so this might explain why Jesus looked for figs. Many Bible scholars will also tell you the fig tree’s demise is also an image of Israel, but what always interested me was what Jesus said to the disciples.
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Simple, right? So why don’t our churches often see the sick healed and the physical obstructions being removed? It’s not a question of authority, we have that, Jesus gave his disciples the authority to do all these things. Perhaps it’s a question of faith?
I have sat through many prayer meetings in different churches – but it’s almost like we are afraid to ask too much or to be too specific because it might not happen. Speaking for myself, because I am the only person that I can speak for, I lack faith to believe that it will happen because I have asked for it! I doubt that my request is right, or being asked for in the right way, perhaps God doesn’t want to do that…
Is that the same for you? Do your thoughts and doubts get in the way of your belief? I think it’s time to speak up, to pray bold and specific prayers and believe that it has already been heard and done.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14
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