Trust Through Prayer

Next morning as the disciples passed the fig tree he (Jesus) had cursed, they saw that it was withered from the roots! Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day, and exclaimed, "Look, Teacher! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"

In reply Jesus said to the disciples, "If you only have faith in God - this is the absolute truth - you can say to this Mount of Olives, 'Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean,' and your command will be obeyed. All that's required is that you really believe and have no doubt! Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it's yours! But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too." Mark 11:20-25 (TLB)

Rajeev Ranjan Pandey is from Uttar Pradesh, India. As Rajeev and his wife finished dinner one evening, they got a phone call from his sister-in-law. She told them that her husband had been in an accident and had suffered a serious head injury. Shocked, Rajeev and his wife immediately left to meet her relative at the hospital. The doctor told Rajeev that his brother-in-law had only one percent chance of survival. He soon underwent an operation, fell into a coma, and was put on a ventilator. The doctors gave them no hope that he would survive due to the large amount of blood he had lost.

Because Rajeev had witnessed the way that prayer can save lives, his wife and he started praying despite their fears. Two days later, his brother-in-law came out of his coma. To say the least, the doctors and their family were surprised that he had survived. Rajeev's faith in God is now stronger because he witnessed the immense power of prayer. When we trust God, our faith can grow stronger than our fears.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to feel your presence during difficult times, in Jesus' name, amen.

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