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Opening Scripture

Matthew 17:18-20 NIV

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

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1. There is a prayer of faith.

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2. This leads us to believe that there can be prayer that lacks faith.

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3. Let me show you a story that expresses the prayer of faith.

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Mark 11:15-25

Mark 11:15-25 NLT

When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching. That evening Jesus and the disciples left the city. The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!” Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

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4. This faith prayer will shape our world. Look at our story in Mark 11. A. Jesus had just witnessed people throwing clothing, branches, and paying honor and tribute to Jesus. B. Jesus goes into the church to see the state of his church. C. He leaves with his disciples and goes to Bethany. D. He comes back the next day and curses the fig tree. (“May you never bear fruit again.”) E. What happened in Bethany? Prayer.

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Mark 11:12-14 NLT

Mark 11:12-14 NLT

The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.

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5. Jesus’ prayer of faith becomes a marvel to the disciples. Why? Faith shapes experiences—it does not pull from an old one. A. They had witnessed the dead come to life. B. They saw storms stopped at Jesus’ command. C. Observed Him walking through an angry crowd without harm. D. Watched as he cast out devils. E. Saw Him feeding thousands with a simple meal portion.

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6. They could not seem to get their minds around the prayer of faith.

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7. Exactly. The answer was right before them and they could not see it with their mind. They needed to see it with their hearts instead.

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8. Getting back to the question of what happened in Bethany—Why was Jesus so troubled about a fig tree that had no fruit when it was out of season to have fruit?

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9. Jesus shows us in prayer, “You can have what is on your heart when God is the center.” What was on Jesus’ heart? A. Before Bethany, Jesus witnessed the state of the church. (Which was a house of thieves and not a place of prayer.) B. His heart was grieved by all of the fruitless acts—people coming to church buying and selling instead of giving themselves toward God in prayer. C. They shouted praise one minute and crucified him the next (no root in them). The tree dries up at the root.

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10. Just like in Bethany and Jesus’ prayer there—it’s the place to have your heart filled with His presence and power. A. God shapes your heart. B. You shape the world He puts in front of you. C. It’s really important to have a heart that’s devoted to God. D. Jesus again shows us that we can have what’s on our heart.

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11. What came out of that time spent in Bethany? The prayer of Faith. A. It is not power that comes from experience. B. It is power that comes from your heart. C. Experience feeds the mind to control. D. Faith feeds the heart to be released.

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12. God is waiting for you to be filled up with His power so you can release it and shape the world around you through the prayer of faith.

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13. Are you going to have your Bethany experience or stay frustrated in Jerusalem?

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Study Guide Tool

To help you prepare your heart for next weekend’s message, here is a daily Bible reading schedule specific to that message. Monday Romans 8 Tuesday 1 Peter 5 Wednesday Galatians 6 Thursday Leviticus 16 Friday John 11 Saturday Invite a friend! Sunday Invite a friend!

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