As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."—Mark 11:20-25
A couple of days ago, we discovered that Jesus cursed this little unfruitful tree. But today, we discover why he did it.
It was a lesson in faith, belief, and the power of prayer.
I think most men, most of the time, doubt God will do something we ask of him. We hesitate to ask because we hesitate to believe, and thus nothing happens. I have often wondered if this natural world and the "nature" of physical, material, and natural solutions prevents us from seeing the spiritual reality that surrounds us each day. Jesus has a heightened sense of this spiritual reality and turns this fig tree into a teachable moment for his men. He is imploring his men to look beyond the physical—to see the spiritual in these moments and the ones to come.
We will only see supernatural things if we surround ourselves with people who believe that God will do the supernatural. The natural world we see is only part of our reality. There is a power present to us that can and will move mountains, but we have to acknowledge the spiritual reality and ask with spiritual confidence. One thing that makes this easier is a Christian brother reminding us of this and reinforcing the nature of it.
Today increase your awareness of the spiritual reality that is at work around you. When you see it, say something, and then ask God to do something great. This may come in subtle forms, so keep watch.
This week we are focusing on the discipline of brotherhood.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, for increased spiritual awareness.
- Look: for God and his working today. If you see something come back and say something in the comments below!
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