OUTLINE: Jesus said “Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith and doubt not………..also if ye shall say to this mountain be moved and be cast into the sea; it shall be done”.
CONTENT: Jesus was hungry, and seeing a fig tree sought fruit, and finding none cursed the fig tree and it withered. The bare fig tree signified lifelessness, a spiritual symbol of the superficial character of the Jewish rulers. He told his listeners that whatsoever they asked in prayer believing they will receive. Things to consider about Prayer:-
(1) The reality of the Power of Prayer. Prayer is powerful, and God still answers prayer as he did of old. Scripture says Abraham prayed for a son and he got Isaac, Hannah prayed for a child she got Samuel, Solomon prayed for wisdom and God granted him abundance; and many others God granted their requests. God has power over nature; He parted waters, calm roaring seas. Elijah became discouraged and God encouraged him to keep on, because he is an on-time God, changing hearts, nature, and circumstances. Churches were strengthened by the power of prayer. God is able, God cares, He is God.
(2) Requirements for Powerful Prayer. Before prayer can work and be powerful there must be (a) Submission —submit to God’s way, will, and work. (b) Humility. Be humble and not just practice traditions and rituals. We cannot live on our own even if we think we are educated and have great work ethics. (c) Faith is a very important requirement, (verses 21&22) There are many mountains that can prevent us from serving God; we must try to get over.
What is your Mountain? Stop looking at the mountain and look to the” Mountain Remover”. If you believe in Him, and receive Him in your heart you will achieve. All stumbling blocks will be removed.
SPEAKER: Rev. Edward L Jenkins, Sr.
TEXT: Matthew 21: 18-22