March 12th Lenten Devotional


Katy Stenta

Mark 11:20-22

The Peter and disciples seemed very impressed by the demise of the fig tree. Jesus says it’s all about faith. Really Jesus? Our faith can move mountains? What about if I find myself to be a mountain of doubt. I can’t help but be struck by how scared the disciples are of Jesus at this moment, post flipping tables and cursing trees. Whatever was going on with Jesus anyway? In this context, it makes more sense that Jesus reminds Peter and the disciples to have faith. The disciples are following around a political bomb, who is going to get them all into trouble sooner or later, and the tension is building. Jesus himself seems grumpy. And yet the disciples are amazed the effect Jesus has on a fig tree. Peter is doing the talking but Jesus’ answer is for all of them, have faith. When bad things happen, when a mountain of trouble is in your way, have faith and it will be moved; or you will. Whatever is possible with prayer? What a thing to contemplate during this season of Lenten Prayer. Lord, teach us to pray in such a way that our faith is rooted in God and collected together like the branches of a tree. We pray this in the name of your most Holy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Action: Pray about something you feel is impossible.

Pastor Katy Stenta solos at a teeny tiny but bigger on the inside New Covenant PCUSA
church in Albany NY.

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