“And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto 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 saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:22-25/KJV).
Obviously this is a very important passage regarding the phrase in 1 Corinthians 13:2 that I am seeking to expound. Any exposition of faith, love and moving a mountain will be incomplete without due consideration of the above passage. Somehow I decided to use the rendering of the (archaic) King James Version.
There are two major points that I want to stress here. Firstly Jesus here is speaking about prayer to God. Secondly he links his instruction to a call to forgiveness, which of course is an important aspect of love.
At first Jesus speaks about speaking to a mountain. You may consider this as a figure of speech.
Some teach believers to speak and command things into existence. They say God did speak when he created the world. They expect Jesus to impart a similar authority.
Yet here in this passage Jesus makes it very clear that he really is speaking about prayer to God in heaven. He certainly did not encourage independence from God.
You may think Jesus encourages us to pray just for anything we might desire to have. Yet in this passage he is speaking to his disciples who have been learning from him for some time. They have spent much time with the master by then.
Still it is wonderful to think that God might really hear and answer our prayers. If we pray for things that are in line with the teaching and purposes of the Lord, we are encouraged to have great faith.
I come to my second point. Jesus emphasises here we should be ready to forgive other who have done wrong to us.
You cannot approach God indulging in vengeful thoughts. You may feel deeply hurt. You may be aware of great loss that has been inflicted on you. You may have a great longing for justice in this (these) matter(s).
Forgiving may be very hard. All kinds of feelings and thoughts may come to us often. Yet as we come before God and pray to him we are to lay aside these emotions and sorrows.
We are to consider the Lord’s love to us and remember that He needed to forgive us our own sins. Pray to God with a grateful heart. Pray with a believing and trusting attitude. He is seeking your best.
As you pray you may experience God is giving you love even for your enemies that have wronged you. It is as we commune with God that those attitudes are being formed.
“…and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2/KJV).