A LESSON ON PRAYER

Friday, 22 May 2020 Mark 11:20-33



“…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24


In our reading, Jesus gives a discourse at the Temple, the prime place of worship for the people of His day, which will be our meditation today. He entered the temple courts and found all sorts of businesses happening around except the business of true prayer being offered to God! Instead of the temple being a “house of prayer”, they had turned it to a “den of robbers” (Mark 11:17). Jesus does a cleansing here because the true purpose of the temple – PRAYER, was not served!


On their way the disciples were astonished to see the fig tree which Jesus had cursed earlier, dried up (Mark 11:20). Jesus taught them a lesson on prayer through this incident.


To pray:


  • One must have faith in God that He will answer prayer (Mark 11:22) – Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”


  • One must pray on the level ground of forgiveness (Mark 11:26)– there must be an assurance that our sins are forgiven and we have forgiven the sins of those who have wronged us- Luke 11:4 : “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”


Then we can be assured that our prayers are heard and answered according to God’s will.


In the next part of Jesus’ discourse, we see His authority being q