12 The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, since it wasn’t the season for figs. 14 So he said to it, “No one will ever again eat your fruit!” His disciples heard this. 20 Early in the morning, as Jesus and his disciples were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered from the root up. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look how the fig tree you cursed has dried up.” 22 Jesus responded to them, “Have faith in God! 23 I assure you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea’—and doesn’t waver but believes that what is said will really happen—it will happen. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you will receive it, and it will be so for you. (Mark 11:12-14, 20-24, CEB)
“Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you will receive it, and it will be so for you.” So if you don’t get what you pray and ask for it’s because you didn’t believe?
Jesus curses a fig tree, and some say that the fig tree wasn’t old enough to have figs even though it was in leaf. So it was cursed to never have figs and the disciples were amazed. We have the ability to move mountains but I can honestly say I have never moved a mountain. And I have prayed for and believed I would receive it and I didn’t get it.
Sometimes we just have to say, this doesn’t make sense or I don’t understand it. But never lose faith in the promises we have seen will be ours.
Loving People. Loving God.