Mark 11:22-25 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. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Mark 11:22-25 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. What’s the difference between having faith that God exists and having faith in God? How would you paraphrase Jesus’ command to “Have faith in God” found in verse 22 to a child? someone unfamiliar with Christianity?
3. What strong motivation does Jesus give us to have faith in God in verse 23?
James 4:2-4 2 You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
4. In light of James 4, what does Jesus not mean in verse 24?
1 John 5:14-15 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
5. In light of 1 John 5, what does Jesus most likely mean in verse 24?
“So here’s the real question for you: do you ask God for the bare minimum to get by, or do you pray big prayers, trusting Him? I’m not talking about health, wealth, and prosperity. I’m talking about your holiness; your joy in Jesus; other’s holiness; other’s joy; for all of us to bear fruit for God; for people being saved!”
6. Do you ask God for the bare minimum just to get by or do you pray big prayers, trusting Him? How do you need to change what you pray for? Are you honoring Jesus by making big requests or dishonoring Him by making small ones?
7. How are we going to be empowered to forgive? How does Ephesians 4:32 shed light on how to forgive?