Jesus Christ was on his way back to Jerusalem when he saw a fig tree by the road. He was hungry so he went up to the fig tree to find fruits. However, he did not find any fig on the tree but leaves. At this, Jesus cursed the fig tree that it will never bear fruit again. The fig tree instantly withered after Jesus cursed it. Then, Jesus said to his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:22 KJV)
Jesus is using the example of the withered fig tree to teach us that having faith in God is important. If you want to receive anything from God, you must have faith that God will answer your prayer and give you what you ask for. People who do not have faith will grumble, complain and murmur about their problems. As disciple of Christ, you must always put your faith in him. This means that you must seek God continuously through prayer and stay cheerful in times of troubles. If you do not believe in God, you may easily give up after just praying for a few times. Jesus Christ said seek and you will find. If you are hardworking in seeking for something, you will surely find it one day. You reap what you sow.
Nothing is too difficult for God because God is almighty. When praying, you should pray with a need in your heart instead of just simply pray for something casually. You must also walk in God’s commandments if you want God to hear your prayer. God will only listen to your prayer when you pray according to his will. To pray according to God’s will is to pray according to God’s commandments in the bible. For example, it is wrong to pray for God to help you win a gambling game at the casino because gambling is a way of wasting resources that God has put into our care temporarily.
You should always surrender all your problems to God through prayer. Every Christian must know how to pray. Praying lets you experience God yourself so that you know God is real. You can remind God of his promises in the bible when praying by quoting relevant bible verses. You must always thank God for what you have prayed even though you haven’t received it. This shows that you have faith in God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? (Matthew 16:8 KJV)
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17 KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5 KJV)
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. (Psalm 40:17 KJV)
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.(Psalm 55:22 KJV)
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3 KJV)
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:25-34 KJV)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (1 John 5:14 KJV)
When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (John 6:12 KJV)