Praying or Declaring (Part 2)

There is a story in Mark 11 that will help us in this discussion on praying or declaring.

“In response Jesus said to it (the fig tree), ‘let no one eat fruit from you ever again.’ And His disciples heard it . . . Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.’ So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says’” (Mark 11:14-23).

In this situation, Jesus spoke to a fig tree with a powerful result. When He was questioned about it, He started His answer by saying, “Have faith in God,” and then made it clear that we should also be speaking to things (“mountains”). The phrase “Have faith in God” could just as easily have been translated “Have God’s faith” (and actually is in certain translations). This rendition would seem to more clearly tie His cursing of the tree to His words concerning what we can do if we speak to objects in faith (“whoever says to this mountain . . .”).

Can you imagine a police officer constantly asking his sergeant to do what the officer was commissioned to do? “Hi Sarge, this is Steve again. I have a person down here on 5th and Main that needs to be arrested. Could you come and arrest him?” The sergeant would say something like, “Oh you of little faith. Don’t you know who you are? You have a badge and you have been commissioned to do this yourself. You don’t need me to come down there. Please believe in who you are!”

Many of us are like that police officer, but we can break out of this wrong thinking by learning to speak to that which is around us. Doing so is a wonderful key to a higher level of living. YOU’RE CRAZY IF YOU DON’T TALK TO YOURSELF and to the things in your life.