If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 41, Mark 11, Job 7, Romans 11. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Mark 11.
Once again we read of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Within this chapter, Christ accepted the adoration and worship of the crowds (vv. 1-11), showed his authority over nature and over the Temple (vv. 12-19), and shook off questions about his authority from the religious leaders (vv. 27-33). In the middle of that section, Peter pointed out to Christ that the fig tree he had cursed had, in fact, withered after his curse (v. 21). In response to Peter’s statement, Jesus said, “‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘Truly 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.’” Statements of Christ such as this one can be discouraging when we pray for a request for years without any answer from God. When God does not answer our prayers, it is always because we lack faith as the words of Christ above suggest? If not, what do you think Jesus was promising in this section?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.