O Jesus, let me offer you the good fruit of my life.
Picture Jesus and the disciples looking at a withered fig tree.
On the day after Palm Sunday, Jesus returns to Jerusalem. On the way, he seeks figs from a tree. Finding none, Jesus proclaims that the tree will never bring forth fruit. The next day. Peter sees the fig tree all withered up. Jesus, then, speaks about confidence in prayer.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The fig tree is an example. Disciples should always be bearing fruit.
- The quickness of the action startles the apostles. It makes them ready for Jesus’ powerful teaching.
- If the disciple trusts in God, and believes without any doubt, then even a mountain (far greater than a fig tree), will be thrown into the sea.
- Mountains symbolize those gigantic obstacles that impede God’s goals and should be removed.
- Jesus says, “Believe that you will receive.”
- See what you need to serve Jesus and ask for it.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, make me a disciple who always bears good fruit.
- O Jesus, teach me to believe like you, without any doubt.
- If I but ask, I will see your blessings. They are waiting for my petition.
- How many mountains in my life need to be cast into the sea!
- “Trust in God.” That is what you always say to me.
- You encourage me. You say “ask in prayer.” You even give me the words to say.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ Today, I will ask God in faith to remove the greatest mountain in my life.
+ I will trust that the words I say in prayer share in Jesus’ power.