Day 36 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The withering fig tree that produced no fruit
Mark 11:12-14, 20-25

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.
Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf,
he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it.
When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves,
for it was not the season for figs.
He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
And his disciples heard it.

In the morning as they passed by,
they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look!
The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain,
“Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’
and if you do not doubt in your heart,
but believe that what you say will come to pass,
it will be done for you.
So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
“Whenever you stand praying, forgive,
if you have anything against anyone;
so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

(There is no comment I can make, no suggestion I could give to you,
to guide you in your prayers today,
that would add anything at all to the words of Christ in Vs. 24 and 25.
Read them again, until you feel the need for prayer.)

Heavenly Father; Bless all my brothers and sisters who read these words,
with a clarity and understanding that could only come from Your Holy Spirit,
so that each may be drawn closer to You.
In the name of Jesus I pray; Amen