The Miraculous Power of Prayer
Bible Text: Mark 11:12-14 and 19-24 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
In Mark 11:12-14, Christ Jesus curses a fig tree because it had no fruit for Him.
In Mark 11:19-21, we read that the fig tree miraculously withered away. The Twelve were excited to witness an obvious miracle.
In Mark 11:22-24, Christ Jesus tells the Twelve that if they have faith (believe), they will have the same power and even great power.
In Mark 9:17-25, we read the power of the Twelve was limited; but, in Luke 24:49, Christ tells the Twelve to wait in Jerusalem to receive power from on high (Holy Ghost power).
In Mark 16:15-18, the Twelve are told that they and their converts will have the miraculous ability to cast out devils, speak in tongues, handle snakes, drink poison, and heal the sick.
In Acts 2:1-18, the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Twelve. They immediately had their power from on high as evidenced by speaking in intelligible, previously unknown languages.
This was just the beginning! “By the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people” (Acts 5:12). Miraculous prayer and healing were the order of the day (Acts 5:15 and 16).
The Twelve were promised miraculous ability with regard to prayers. The Twelve were given miraculous ability with regard to prayers.
During the dispensation of grace, do we have the ability to curse fig trees or move mountains? We know we do not; but we were never told we would have this ability. We are not promised miracles, but peace (Philippians 4:6 and 7).