And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” Mark 11:21
Have you ever prayed a prayer for someone or something but didn’t see immediate results? I’m sure all of us have in fact, it is pretty uncommon to pray for something and then see it happening at the same time. It takes a while for time to catch up with our prayer. We can see this example in today’s reading.
In verse 14 of Mark 11, Jesus spoke to the fig tree and told it that no one would eat fruit from it ever again. Nothing happened on the outside, but the next day when they walked by the tree again, the disciples noticed that the tree had dried up from the roots. So something did happen when Jesus cursed the tree, it was just not seen on the surface yet. Something started happening at the root of the tree that showed up the next day.
This is a perfect example of what happens when we pray or speak into a situation, struggle or problem. At the point that our prayer is lifted up to our Father in heaven, the door is opened into those circumstances to activate the supernatural activity to turn the trouble around. In this passage, Jesus doesn’t actually pray about His disappointment in the lack of fruit, He simply spoke to the source and told it not to give fruit anymore.
Here is the all-important point: Make sure what you are speaking about your life issues to others line up with what you are praying to God for the answer. If you are “telling it like it is” to others but asking God to change things in your prayer time, you could be hindering your prayers and limiting God’s work because of your words of unbelief. You must stand in agreement with that prayer to keep the spiritual door open for God’s work to show up in whatever the concern is. If others are asking questions or want to talk about the situation, all you need to tell them is that God is working on it, or that you have given it over to God and His hand is moving in the matter. Then you can ask that person to agree with you in praying for God’s working it all out for good. You have released His activation in prayer, don’t deactivate it by speaking your doubts and unbelief because of what you are seeing right now.
Today I want to encourage you that whatever you have taken to God in prayer, things are happening at the root. Whether it is a financial struggle, family matter or faith issue, keep that business before the Lord and thank Him for working out the details to get the thing on track with His plan and purpose. Then when the subject comes up in conversation with others, you can let them know that you have activated activity in the spiritual realm that is at work even as you are speaking. It will be no time at all before you see that problem dried up at the roots and in line with the great plan of God!
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 11:12-21
1 2Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
19 When evening had come, He went out of the city.
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.”