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Expect a Surprise-April 15

"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them" (Mark 11:24).

A fig tree never flowers. Instead, its fruit contains tiny flowers inside. These internal blossoms produce the fig's tiny seeds and fibrous consistency. This structure means that most figs must be pollinated by tiny wasps that crawl inside. All in all, the fig is a surprising fruit!

When Jesus cursed a fig tree, the disciples must have been surprised. Why would Jesus curse a tree for not having fruit? It wasn't even fig season! When they passed the tree later and saw it withered down to its roots, their surprise grew. "Rabbi, look!" Peter told Jesus, "The fig tree which You cursed has withered away" (Mark 11:21).

Jesus used the disciples' astonishment for a teaching moment. "Have faith in God," He instructed them (v. 22). To an infinite Creator God, nothing is impossible; indeed, God's people should expect surprising things to happen! In fact, Jesus told them that even bigger things were possible. A mountain will even be thrown into the ocean for a person who "does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done" (v. 23).

Then Jesus turned the disciples' attention to their own prayers with a powerful promise: "Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." There aren't any limits on God's power to act. Whether your request is big, small, likely, or surprising, God is able to answer-so believe that He will!

Do you struggle to believe? Focus your attention on the evidence of God's power and pray the doubter's prayer, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief" (Mark 9:24). God is ready for you to expect His surprises!

( Prayer )
Dear Lord, I believe; please help my unbelief!

For Further Study: 2 Chronicles 20:20; Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 17:6

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