Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
The next morning, coming back from Bethany, as we went along, I saw the fig tree from yesterday withered from the roots. Peter remembered, and turned to Jesus, saying, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
“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. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
What mountain? The Mount of Olives? Is it a figure of speech? Why did he curse the fig tree? Rabbis can be so puzzling, I thought.
Matthew spoke up, “Is this a prayer model?”
Thomas said, “Ask, trust that you received it, and it will happen.”
“Does it depend on what you ask for?” I said.
“Has to,” Nathaniel said. “People ask for selfish or sinful things.”
“Jesus said before, if you pray according to God’s will, that’s how they get answered.”
Judas spoke up, “So if I am offended and holding a grudge against someone, I have to stop praying and forgive them?”
“Yes,” Bartholomew said, “so you’ll be forgiven.”
We continued debating as we made our way back to Jerusalem.