Mark Has Some Good News, Part 47, I'll Tell You When I'm Hungry

Mark 11:

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." 22 And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."

My son prayed for my wife's headache the other day. We've told him who Jesus is and that Jesus always listens to him and he can ask Jesus to help him or other people. And he did. And that morning my wife head ache lifted a bit. Which was just a small reminder that the Father listens to us. And we ask for things, he gives them to us.

It's easy and sinful for us to take a passage like this an turn it into a formula for success. We'll read later on and in other gospels that even Jesus was told no by his father. And while God gave him a withered fig tree by request he would still have him die for our sins.

The message here is not how to ask for the Fathers will to be done like you want it, but to ask the father for what you want. In a very simple way this is not unlike how parents and children relate to one another. A son may want a car and the father may want to give him one but without that conversation does the father know about it. He may but knowing about a child's needs and hearing about them are on two different sides of the relationship fence.

And Jesus and his father didn't just have desires and needs they had a relationship. Have you talked to our Father today?