Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
February 1 Scripture Selection: Matthew 21:1-22
Food for Thought: Mat. 21:21, 22
People think that Jesus was mad at the fig tree for not producing and providing for Him, as if the tree had some choice in the matter. It wasn’t really the season for bearing fruit, though it was possible that it could have had some of the “first fruits,” since fig trees produce a smaller amount first, then another larger crop later. So why did Jesus curse the fig tree? I believe it was so that the evidence of His powerful words spoken would be obvious quickly—and it was! Jesus needed a quick object lesson. His time was running out, and He needed them to learn that their words have power.
According to verses 21and 22, we have the assurance that whatever we ask for in prayer, already believing that it is so, we shall receive. Again, Jesus does not play favorites (Acts 10:34). His first disciples do not have privileges that we latter disciples cannot enjoy. Actually, this power is not just a privilege; rather, it is a necessary weapon in our arsenal here on earth in order to take territory from the kingdom of darkness and occupy it for the kingdom of God.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):