Mark 11:22-24

Mark 11:22-24

September 02, 2020 – Wednesday               

Mark 11:22-24     NIV

22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 9:22-24     ESV

22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.

23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Comment

Believe it or not the verses for today are related to those from Monday’s Verse of the Day. It was there we looked at Mark 9:21-24 where Jesus cast out a demon the disciples could not. When alone with Jesus they asked Him why they could not cast out the demon as they had been given authority to cast out demons in Mark 3:14-15 where He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Thus, His answer must have been something of a surprise to them when He said, This kind can come out only by prayer.

While there was much commentary on His answer that I examined, the one most commonsensical to me implied they were taking their authority for granted. I quoted Wiersbe  who said, The authority that Jesus had given them was effective only if exercised by faith, but faith must be cultivated through spiritual discipline and devotion. The most effective form of spiritual discipline and devotion would consist of prayer. Staying in touch with Jesus’ Father, seeking His guidance, His will for one’s life.

With the above in mind, consider how Jesus begins here, Have faith in God. Here Hebrews 11:6 immediately comes to mind, 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. After making the declaration, Have faith in God, Jesus continues with Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Out of faith, pistis, once again we see the power of believing, pisteuo, so it is no wonder Jesus begins with Have faith in God. Jesus makes it a point not to just say, Have faith, but He tells us where to place our faith, in God – His Father.

With this in mind it is interesting to note this verse is often misquoted as, Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done. Did you see how it was misquoted? The misquote leaves off the final two words, for them. It is not, it will be done, but is instead, it will be done for them. Next question, “Who is doing it for them?” Of course, the answer comes from the beginning, Have faith in God. Thus, it is God who is doing it for them. This should make something else very clear as well. If what you are asking for is not in the will of God it does not matter how much you believe nor does it matter if you have no doubt in your heart, it is not going to happen.

Then Jesus goes on to state, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Jesus starts out about the need to Have faith in God and now He comes to whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And we are back to what He told His disciples in Mark 9:29 This kind can come out only by prayer. Talk with the Father, pray, acknowledge your Creator. In time you will eventually find your will aligned with His will. As a result, what you end up asking for in prayer becomes more and more aligned with His will and more and more likely to be done for you. Finally, we must seek to have His will done in our life.

In conclusion, here is what Peter Pett’s commentary had to say, To ‘have faith in God’ in this way is to trust God fully, it is to walk in His ways and be fully taken up with His will. This promise is not therefore for the sensation seeker but for those who are dedicated to Him and will shy from asking for anything that is not in accordance with His will. Trust Him!

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton
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