Day 5

PRAY FOR GROWTH IN CHARACTER

Matthew 21:19

And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.

This tree wasn’t cursed because it was barren. It was cursed because it’s was masquerading as fruitful when in fact it was fruitless. You see fig trees usually get its leaves AFTER the fruit has grown. So when Jesus saw the leaves he approached it expecting fruit only to find none. That was exactly the case with Israel at the time. They were spiritually barren; but were always showing off how deeply religious they were. We’re not to be like that. We’re praying for our character and thereby our fruit to be like Christ’s; compassionate, loving, forgiving, prayerful, gentle, patient, self control, humble, servant-like, merciful and obedient to the Father.