Mark 11:20-26 (NKJV) 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

The disciples marveled at the dead fig tree which the Lord Jesus Christ had cursed because it produced no fruit, and this causes Jesus to give them a lesson about faith and prayer. We can learn as well. The first step in prayer is faith in God, just as it is stated in Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) which says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If you don’t believe in God, friend, then why do you go to Him in prayer for help? Unless you are willing to believe in God and that He can help you and He will help you, then you cannot possibly please God or come to Him in prayer. Faith in God is the first step in prayer and walking with God. For faith in God provides us with the power to remove difficulties, problems, worries and so many other mountainous obstacles from our lives as God sees fit. For if it is God’s will, then we can pray with confidence that it will be done. Faith in God also gives us the ability to live a Christian life by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. So that God’s will might be done in our lives and cause us to bear much fruit. When we are really living in touch with God and praying in the Holy Spirit, then we have the assurance of answered prayers before the answer actually comes. But if we are going to have power in our lives and in prayer, then we must forgive one another. If we harbor in our hearts a harsh, vindictive attitude towards others, then we cannot expect God to hear and answer our prayers. This is so important, for an unforgiving heart breaks fellowship with God and hinders the flow of blessings.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.