"Powerful Prayer" - Mark 11:20-26
- Verse 21 says Peter was reminded. Reminded of what? Why do you think Mark includes this in this account?
- What does it mean in verse 14 "and His disciples were listening"? Why do you think they were listening and what do you think they were listening for?
- Why do you think Jesus does not explain about the fig tree but rather uses this opportunity to challenge them to "have faith in God"? Why?
- What does it mean to have faith in God?
- What is Jesus trying to communicate about having faith in God when He clearly connects it with the power to move mountains?
- Is Jesus really inviting us to go about rearranging the landscape or is it an invitation to do something else? What?
- What is Jesus trying to emphasize when he says "Truly I say to you" in verse 23? Why do you think He felt the need to emphasize what He is about to say about prayer? About faith in God?
- Is the difference between prayer and asking? What?
- What does verse 24 mean, and specifically does "all things" really cover all things? In what way does this promise connect with "having faith in God"?
- What are the two conditions or two characteristics of prayer that Jesus says will be answered? What do these characteristics indicate about our faith in God?
- What does "does not doubt in his heart" mean? What is doubting in your heart and how does this connect with "having faith in God"?
- How can we have the confidence to believe what we have yet to receive (verse 24)?
- Why do you think Jesus moves from praying for "all things" to when you pray forgive those that you may have anything against someone? How is prayer and forgiveness connected"
- How or in what way does forgiveness of others connect with having faith in God and exercising believing prayer?
- In what way do these verses in Mark eleven challenge us to establish our faith and confidence in God?
- In what way does our faith in God inform the things we pray for and believe God for?
- What have you learned from this passage about faith and prayer and how are you going to apply what you have learned?