Mountain Moving Prayers

From Mark 11:20-21

As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”

After all the time that the disciples spent with Jesus, and all the miracles they witnessed first hand, I am amazed that Peter is still surprised by any miracles Jesus does.

Peter saw the feeding of the 5,000. He was there when the blind, the deaf, and lepers were healed. He was even present at the Transfiguration when Jesus was revealed in full glory and Moses and Elijah appeared.

Yet, the day before when Jesus cursed a fig tree, Peter now seems genuinely surprised that what Jesus said actually happened. The fig tree withered. No longer would anyone ever eat fruit from it ever again.

Did you know the wood used to create the coals into the holy place to burn incense in the temple was supposed to be fig-tree wood? Some scholars believe this fig tree that Jesus cursed on Monday would be the one that was used for the cross he would hang on Friday. Jesus gives his life as a sacrifice for all and ends up bringing God’s holiness to everyone who would receive him.

Jesus then goes on to give the disciples a lesson on faith.

I think the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Do we know who we are really talking to? Do we really know the God who is answering?”

Because when we do know Him we may be overjoyed, we may be overflowing with gratitude, but we won’t be surprised when God does what he says he’ll do.