Memory Monday – Week 36

This weeks verse comes from the story of the Withered Fig Tree in Mark 11:20-24 where Jesus tells the disciples they can pray for anything. I have always loved this verse, but a friend wrote it on a card and brought it up to me a few weeks ago after praying over us during service. I will always remember her giving it to me and it has a special meaning now.

The miracle in this story is a result of answered prayers that were prayed in faith.

Mark 11:22, says, ‘Have faith in God’. It says not to put your faith in the object of what you are praying for, but to put your faith in the one person who is going to answer your prayer – God. If you focus too much on what you are praying for, you are missing the best part of your time of waiting – time with Him. We should model our prayers much like Jesus did. He didn’t put His interests first, but He put God’s. Mark 11:36 says, ‘Everything is possible for you. Not what I will, but what you will.’ This should be our same mindset. Releasing all control to Him, and praying His will for our lives.

In Mark 11:23, Jesus uses the picture of moving a mountain into a sea, as that would seem impossible to any of us. He uses this to demonstrate that when we pray, with faith in God, He can do anything.

The Lord acts on the behalf of every prayer prayed. He moves in the supernatural and even though His actions are not always immediately seen by us, we must believe that when we pray He is acting and answering. If we fail to believe until we have seen the results or the answered prayer, then that is not faith. Mark 11:24 says to pray and believe you ‘have received it’, not ‘you might receive it’. Pray believing it’s already yours!

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  • Logan
    Posted at 09:32h, 20 January Reply

    Thank you for this reminder that EVERYTHING is secondary compared to Christ… Our greatest desire should be for more of Him. What we are praying for should pale in comparison to our yearning for Him. I felt immediately convicted reading this, because during our time TTC, my focus and my prayers were all about a baby, rather than what God was trying to do in and through me during that time. This post is such a great way to start off the week. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kasey
    Posted at 09:45h, 20 January Reply

    I love this! Wonderful verse and a wonderful reminder!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 11:16h, 20 January Reply

    Wow, I never saw it in this perspective. Thank you I will keep this in mind.

  • Emily (
    Posted at 11:39h, 20 January Reply

    Focusing on Him instead of just focusing on what we want….I’m finally learning that this is actually how we can express our desires more powerfully to Him. Plus, it takes a lot of the stress off the situation if we’re able to make it a habit. We don’t get so fixated on what’s going wrong every single step of the way and instead can believe that His plan is really the best one for us.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 20:31h, 20 January Reply

    This was a wonderful post, Caroline! I’m always so happy to see your posts in my inbox! You are precious…and special to me! Lots of love to you, Cheryl

  • jennifer T
    Posted at 22:33h, 20 January Reply

    What a sweet friend you have who gave this to you. Love the scripture you shared!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 23:35h, 20 January Reply

    Love your verse as always girlie! 🙂 xoxoxo

  • katie
    Posted at 22:40h, 21 January Reply

    As always, great encouragement, Caroline! Thanks so much!

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