“REED ALL ABOUT IT!” June 18, 2015
“Prayers That Move Mountains” – “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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.’” Mark 11:22-24
Was Jesus talking about literal mountains when He said if we prayed for a mountain to be removed and cast into the sea it would happen? I don’t believe so. Jesus was using a figure of speech. The phrase about removing mountains was a quite common Jewish phrase. Mountains symbolize barriers, hindrances, obstacles, and problems. To pray for mountains to be removed was a regular phrase for removing difficulties. When we are faced with obstacles and problems, the key to having them removed is prayer.
When we are faced with mountains in our lives, the means of overcoming them or removing them is by prayer. Prayer is the greatest power known by man and available to man. By prayer we seek God and solve problems. Prayer is a mighty force.
In verse twenty-four Jesus spoke of “whatever things you ask.” Jesus is encouraging us to bring our desires to Him in prayer. The psalmist said, “Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) In his devotional commentary, Exploring the Psalms, John Phillips writes: “When things go wrong, we tend to get occupied with the problems . . . we must get our eyes back on the Lord. As long as we look at the problem, we shall become increasingly depressed, but if we look at the Lord we shall rise above our circumstances. After all, He hasn’t failed. He cannot fail. Our happiness must not rest upon what happens. It must be drawn out of the wellsprings of salvation and from our knowledge of the goodness, grace, and greatness of our God.”
What are you struggling with right now? What is your mountain? Obey Jesus. He said, “Have faith in God . . . and don’t doubt in your heart.” (v. 22) F. B. Meyer said, “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” Align your desires with His and pray as did our Lord when He was in the garden: “Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:36)
Got any rivers you think are un-crossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible;
He does the things others cannot do.
A LITTLE HUMOR: A hurricane had struck, and people were huddled together listening to an old preacher praying with great oratorical effects in the midst of the violent storm. He cried out, “Send us the spirit of the children of Israel, the children of Moses, the children of the Promised Land.”
At this an old man with less oratory skill but more directness prayed, “Lord, don’t send nobody. Come yourself. This ain’t no time for children.”