Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.Mark 11:24, NASB
This saying should excite the believer. It will do nothing for the unbeliever. It comes on the axis of a request for faith to continue.
“Have faith in God.”Mark 11:22n
Ἔχετε πίστιν θεοῦ· targets a faith already in possession.
The disciples, like us, were amazed at the effect of Yeshua’s disappointment over a tree that had no fruit. They heard him curse the fig tree, and seeing the tree the next day was truly eyeopening. It had withered!
On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. (Mark 11:12-14, NASB)
Being reminded, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.”Mark 11:21, NASB
This instruction is not about getting the faith, drumming up the faith, or letting faith rise to get something we want. It speaks about the faith one already has and how, in pursuit of a normal satisfaction, in this case, a fig snack, faith might bring on unimagined consequences. Significantly, Yeshua’s faith did not bring him a fig snack.
Blessing a fruitless tree may produce fruit next time you go looking for a snack.