2015-01-18: Prayer is essential (Mark 11:12-26)

The curse of the fig tree is a picture of the coming destruction of the temple, a judgment of the false worship Jesus confronts in the temple.  The next day when the disciples see the result of the curse, Jesus uses it to teach them about true prayer, the very element so lacking in Israel made evident by what was going on in the temple.  Not many days are left in Jesus earthly life and ministry, and yet He spends a great deal of time instructing on prayer.  That should convince us prayer is essential to the life and in the life of His followers.

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