by Jerry Watts

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So, You Want God to Work? (51 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's News for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 11:20-25

Jesus was a Master Teacher. Before going to the cross, He felt a strong responsibility to pour His life into His disciples teaching them how to find the Father, know the Father, and tell people about the Father. Everything Jesus did, every situation He faced, and almost every word He spoke, pointed his disciples toward an ultimate goal. Our text tonight is no exception. While we have already covered, on at least two occasions, verses 20 and 21, they are the springboard for our message tonight.

Already, we have studied in some detail about the curse on the fig tree, the response of the fig tree, and how it applies to us. So bouncing off verses 20 and 21, we can hear the amazement the voice of Peter when he says, "look Jesus, the tree is dead." If you read this and more than a cursory way, you may discover the sense that Peter was asking, "Lord, how did you do this, how did this happen, and can we do this?" When we understand the full dynamic of Peter's question, then we can glean a message from this text.

Most of us want to know the power of prayer, the power that the Bible speaks of for the Christian life, and the power that is available to us, but we wonder how. For far too long we have been taught that God no longer really works powerfully through his people. Perhaps this is correct; I find a place in Scripture where this is particularly God's will. Could it be that the reason God no longer works is because we have so few who meet God's standards? Maybe God is simply waiting for someone to have faith like Elijah, Daniel, or the 3 Hebrew boys. Or maybe God is waiting for someone to commit themselves to prayer like Jesus?

Let's just take a few minutes to work through this story to answer the question "What does it take for God to work through me?" From our text, I share three clear thoughts.

1. The Obligation - You know what an 'obligation' is don ...

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