Prayer & the Fig Tree
Prayer works. Why?
- God operates out of relationship
- Prayer is us communicating with God
- Our prayers move God, because he loves us
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
As God’s children and ambassadors here on earth we are given authority
The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Jesus was 100 percent human
- He had to depend upon God
- He prayed to God regularly
“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.
What things of nature did Jesus demonstrate an authority over?
- Water (Walking on top)
- Water into wine
Jesus says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”.
So why is it that our prayers aren’t answered?
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
Another reason our prayers aren’t answered?
2.Not According to God’s Will
1 John 5:14-15
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
A final reason our prayers aren’t answered:
3.Too Little Faith
“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.”
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
Who in the Bible demonstrated weak faith?
- Twelve Disciples
Who did God say “no” to in the Bible?
- Abraham (About Ishmael being the blessed line)
- Moses (Go into the promised lands)
- Job (Take this affliction from me)
- Daniel (It took three weeks, kind of delayed)
- Apostle Paul (Thorn in his flesh)