Pastor Brent was REALLY hungry and was looking forward to Chicago-style pizza. He was greatly disappointed in the pizza…it didn’t meet his expectations. So many things in life can disappoint us. Many people harden their hearts because they’ve been disappointed. They’re afraid to trust in God because they’re afraid He might let them down. However, God will NEVER let you down.
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The Scripture verses for this week’s message include the accounts of Jesus cursing the fig tree and clearing the temple courts (Mark 11:12-25). These scriptures remind that even Jesuse experienced disappointment, how to pray with power and to remember who is on our side.
Even Jesus Experienced Disappointment
The first thing we see in this passage, is that Jesus was disappoint with the tree, which was not bearing fruit (not would it ever bear fruit). Many people have been disappointed with church. The building may be beautiful or maybe it feels like is the church just wants your money. This is not God’s idea of church! God’s plan for church is one that is rooted in the Word of God. It’s a place where we can hear God’s voice and be challenged & encouraged.
Pray with power
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly[d] 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. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25
First, we need to have faith (v. 24). Our prayers must be based on what God says. Our prayers will be hindered if we are living in unforgiveness. We need to realize that God forgave the person that has hurt you. We also need to remember that we’ve probably all disappointed someone at one.
When we pray, we can expect:
- That God hears our prayers
- God’s will will be done
- Hearts will be softened
Remember WHO is on Your Side
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32
God is for us, so who can be against us??? God does not hold our sins and failures against us. God will never disappoint. We need to seek Him and as we do, we will find Him!
Many people are looking for food that lasts, but are disappointed. We can only truly be satisfied as we experience the love and forgiveness of God.