HAVING FAITH IN GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE (LESSON 2 OF 3)
JESUS TEACHES THE DISCIPLES TO PRAY IN FAITH
BACK GROUND STUDY IS FROM: Mark 11:13-14, 20-25
We began today’s study session with Jesus teaching the Disciples to PRAY in FAITH. This is truly a powerful message for each one of us to learn. Because the power of FAITH and PRAYER can make us effective in our endeavors, for our Prayers to be Effective, we must have Faith and forgive each other. This may be applied to that mighty FAITH with which all true Christians are endued, and which does wonders in spiritual things. It justifies us, and so removes mountains of guilt, never to rise up in judgment against us. It purifies the heart, and so removes mountains of corruption, and makes them plain before the grace of God. One great errand to the throne of grace is to pray for the pardon of our sins; and care about this ought to be our daily concern.
Jesus did not explain why he cursed the fig tree, and we don’t know whether the disciples understood Jesus meaning. Yet his words to them could mean that despite the coming judgment on spiritual laxity in Israel, they would be safe if they had faith in God. Their faith should not rest in a kingdom they hoped Jesus would set up, in obeying the Jewish laws, or in their position as Jesus disciples. Their faith should rest in God alone. When we think about this, we must ask the question of ourselves, “Where does our faith rest?”
Jesus then moved swiftly in teaching them a lesson about answers to prayer. Jesus had cursed the fig tree; the fig tree had died; the disciples had expressed surprise. Then Jesus explained that they could ask anything of God and receive an answer. This mountain (referring to the Mount of Olives on which they stood) could be sent into the sea (the Dead Sea that could be seen from the Mount). Jesus point was that in their petitions to God they must believe and not doubt (that is, without wavering in their confidence in God). Remember, faith and doubt cannot live in the same house at the same time. The kind of prayer Jesus meant was not the arbitrary wish to move a mountain; instead, he was referring to prayers that the disciples would need to endlessly pray as they faced mountains of opposition to their gospel message in the years to come. Their prayers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom would always be answered positively in God’s timing.
However, as we look at the straight forward teaching of Jesus concerning the character of God and that God’s character never changes, Jesus told them that there was no guarantee that simply by asking him anything they wanted and believing they could get it. Now don’t you become discourage in what Jesus is saying to the disciples, but listen how he instructs them on the moral high ground of God. He says to them, “God does not grant request that violate his own nature or will. Jesus statement was not a blank check. To be fulfilled, requests made to God in prayer must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom. They must be made in Jesus name.
Now turn with me for a moment in your Bibles to (John 14:13-14). Listen to what it says, “13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (NIV). The stronger our faith, the more likely our prayers will be in union with Christ and in line with God’s will; then God would be happy to grant them. God can accomplish anything, even if it seems humanly impossible.
Now please stay tune, we will present lesson three in tomorrow study session and conclude this series in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE. May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rest and abide with you now and always, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN!
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