Fresh Hope – 28th June 2019

Our neighbours had a very large tree that had grown to such a height that it was blocking the light to the back of our house. I thought long and hard about whether to approach them, but decided that I didn’t want to risk spoiling our good relationship; after all, it was their tree and I was about to ask them to chop it down or at least to drastically trim it back — I decided instead to specifically pray about the tree.

Each morning I would look into the garden, point at the tree, and tell it that it was about to go! Just in case you think that I’m completely crazy, I learnt this from Jesus, who also spoke to a tree and saw it wither…

Mark 11:12-14 ‘The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig-tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it’.

After months of praying about the tree, you can imagine my excitement when one night my neighbour stopped me and told me that he was going to be cutting back an overgrown tree in his garden. My persistent prayers had been answered. I would never have to approach him about it after all…or so I thought.

A week later I could hear sawing and chopping taking place with branches flying everywhere. At last, we would get light streaming through to the back of our house once again.Unfortunately, the tree that they were taking down was the wrong one and made no difference to us whatsoever!

Once again I was back to addressing the tree problem in prayer each morning.

Weeks had now passed by, and I was yet again thinking about talking to the neighbour, when seemingly out of nowhere three men arrived with ladders, ropes and chainsaws and within an hour the very tree in question had completely gone. Light came streaming from the sky and I stood there amazed at how something so specific had happened without me mentioning a word …apart from privately to God that is.

Do you have something that is standing in your way today?

Is there something or someone that is blocking the light from penetrating into your world?

Speak to that situation…take it to God in prayer…He’s more than happy to deal with it.

Mark 11:22-25 “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.”

Pastor Mark

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