The Fig Tree and Forgiving

In the Gospel of Mark chapter 11 and verses 12 – 14 Jesus has sought fruit on a fig tree for His breakfast; and He found no fruit.  He curses the fig tree, and they soon discover it has withered and died.

When we come to the discovery of the cursed fig tree a few verses later Jesus says,

“And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  Mark 11:20-24 (KJB)

If you will note many of us Christians do not possess or practice this authority or power that has been given us in prayer.  If we have tried, or endeavored to try nothing happens.  I fear that the reason is found in Jesus’s answer to that and it is a lack of forgiveness, the harboring of bitterness, anger, and evil in our hearts toward others.

Hear His words,

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26

Is forgiving others the key to power in prayer? It sounds like it, to me.

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