DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY, 2021

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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY, 2021 was created by FemiClef
_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_

*THE PRAYER GOD ANSWERS*
*TEXT:* MARK 11:12-26.
_*KEY VERSE* "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says" (MARK 11:23)._

One of the greatest mistakes in prayer is to make yourself, your need or request, the centre of your supplication. Yet, it is when your prayers are centred on the interests of God that answers come in a manner that surprises people. In the end, not really how great our faith is that matters, but how much we use that faith to glorify God.

After riding triumphantly into Jerusalem, Jesus left the city to spend the night in Bethany. He became hungry as He returned the following morning. He thought expectantly that He could find some fruits to eat from a fig tree. But alas, it was all green leaves and no fruits. He placed a curse on the tree and proceeded to the temple.

Passing by the cursed fig tree the next morning, the disciples were surprised to see that it had dried up. In response to their amazement, Jesus admonished them to have faith in God, assuring them that if they doubted not, they could move mountains of problems through prayer. They must believe in God and forgive those who had offended them, if they hoped to receive answers to their prayers.

We have no need to make a show of moving literal mountains, but to attain fruitfulness and record uncommon accomplishments in the kingdom of God. Our prayers are answered when we believe that God can do anything we ask, seek His glory and the interest of His kingdom. We must hold no grudge against anyone, but readily forgive all offenses. We must seek the will of God above our temporal desires.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Prayers centered on God's interests result in rapid answers.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* EXODUS 12-16.

*MEDITATION*

Exercising kingdom authority

*1. Authority to destroy*
a. The fig tree was a nuisance in every respect, vv12-13.
b. Jesus did not tolerate its continual barrenness and uselessness. He did not talk to God on it but issued a direct word of faith and authority with firmness, v14. And it happened
c. There are negative powers, pestilences and problems that you don't have to pray about but just use your mouth to exercise authority in the name of Jesus.
*Q* As an application, can you infer why some people die untimely like the fig tree was destroyed? Let my life be profitable to you Oh Lord
*2. Authority to cast out evils*
a. Evil was going on in the house of God, v15.
b. Jesus did not use persuasion or mere preachings to deal with it because they will not be effective, v15.
c. He used authority in His mouth to cast evils out as led by the Spirit, v15-17.
*Q* What are the evils you must confront with authority in your mouth in your body, family, church and community in order any change? There are times after prayers and preachings, God expect you to speak to the mountain.
*3. Authority to mimic Jesus*
a. Jesus said His disciples, even though not yet baptised in the Holy Spirit, have power to remove mountains of embarrassing problems and intimidating challenges, vv22,23.
b. The only condition for it to work is to have faith in your heart that your exercised authority is final, vv22,23.
There are some challenges that God expect the believers to speak to rather than praying to Him. You have that authority as a believer.

*Prayer Points*
Lord, I ask for anointing that will be exercising kingdom authority over powers and circumstances
Lord, give me unwavering faith that can not be denied
Test your faith: Exercise authority persistently on a particular situation in your life and wait for manifestations
Lord, give us, all in the Church, spiritual energy that knows how to exercise kingdom authority

*HYMN* With signs following

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