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22 Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 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. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:22-25

Introduction

In Mark 11, before verse 22, Jesus has just cleared the temple courts and cursed a fig tree. Jesus’ curse of the fig tree was a prophetic sign of the pending judgment that would come on Israel. The fig tree that had no fruit to eat was a type of symbol of the spiritual barrenness of Israel, even though they had an exterior impressiveness of their religion. The next morning after Jesus cleansed the temple, they saw the same fig tree, which led Jesus into His teaching the disciples on the need for faith in Him and His omnipotence.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to spend time in Your Word today. I ask that through Your Word, You would convict me and reveal to me the sin that is in me. God, uproot the damaged and hurt places in me and help me to trust You and to build my faith in You.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • Read verses 12-21, what happened that led to Jesus’ statement in verse 22?
  • According to verse 23, how can we be sure of what we believe will happen?
    • What must be missing from our faith?
  • What is a side-effect of staying full of faith?
    • How are we to respond?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Jesus’ instruction in verse 1 is simple, have faith in God.
    • This faith in God is lived out by having an unwavering trust in Him.
  • When Jesus instructs us to have faith in God, He is telling us to live in a state of complete belief in God.
    • I would propose that complete belief in God and doubt cannot coexist.
  • The fruit of bearing the shield of faith from Mark 11 is prayers, offered according to God’s will, that see things happen that are not humanly possible.
    • The shield of faith is a protector. Prayers that are full of faith, protect our hearts and minds from wavering in our requests to God, even though they haven’t happened yet.
  • Our prayers, which are full of faith, receive whatever answer God gives.
    • Our heart is then protected from unbelief, knowing the Lord is in control after our requests.

Prayer

God, thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You are an omnipotent God. You are worthy of my trust and my faith. When I place my faith in You, I can see things happen that are not humanly possible. Help me to live with this faith as my shield, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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