Thought for The Day – Wednesday 24th February

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When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21: 20 – 22

Throwing mountains into the sea, quite the bold claim! But there’s more going on here. As he spoke those words Jesus was standing beside the Temple Mountain, the place where God and humanity were connected. So, when he said, ‘with faith you can throw this mountain into the sea’, Jesus likely wasn’t meaning literal earthworks, but instead pointing towards what he was going to do. Jesus was going to become the new bridge between God and humanity. After his work was complete there wouldn’t be a need for a physical temple, God would make his temple in our hearts.

That is why we can always approach God in prayer, no matter where we are. Because Jesus is our bridge to God, a connection that we can always rely on. We don’t need to go to a temple because Jesus is always here with us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are our bridge to God. Help me to trust in you and always reach out in prayer, both in times of need and times of plenty. Let me never take for granted that you are always with me.

Action: Take a few extra moments throughout the day to pray. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just spend some moments appreciating that God is with us.