“And Jesus answering saith 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.’” Mark 11:22-24 KJV
Was Jesus talking about actual mountains?
No, but Jesus knew we would have problems that would need to be removed…
That’s why He said to “say unto this mountain”–that by our words, this could be proved.
Speaking to adverse circumstances is something that we, as believers, can do,
for these were Jesus’ instructions to His disciples; and He never said anything untrue.
“It is written,” were the words that He would use–then He quoted right from a scripture. We can follow His example, thereby causing a “mountain” to no longer be a “permanent” fixture.
Jesus spoke unto the fig tree, and to the sea in the midst of a stormy blast. He spoke to people who had died, when the time for their healing had passed.
“Saying unto this mountain” is our “good fight of faith” stand, to use to effect the well-being and blessed future which God has said He’s planned.
People will faithfully take a medicine, as a doctor prescribes they should do.
Likewise, faithfully taking God’s medicine (His Word) will change that “mountain view.”
Speaking, hearing, and meditating upon the Word will cause a mountain’s transition. Don’t let the naysayers influence you to quit or cause you to change your position.
Jesus blessed the loaves and fish; He thanked God before Lazarus was raised.
An important part of speaking to a mountain is that God should first be praised.
Sometimes we need to pray in the Spirit, which is God’s supernatural gift,
before we’ll see greater progress in causing a stubborn mountain to shift.
We’re not to doubt in our hearts, though doubt may try to enter through a thought. Resist it and negative thinking, for speaking to “mountains” is a principle which Jesus, our Lord, taught.
P. A. Oltrogge
In Mark 11:25-26, Jesus goes on to state the importance of forgiveness and so, in sharing the above, it should be added that we should remember that and be walking in love towards others:
“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2 NKJV
“…believe that ye receive”…from Mark 11:24
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NKJV
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 NKJV
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.” 1 John 5:4-6 NASB
“The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.” Psalm 97:5 NASB
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:20 NKJV
Exodus 15:1-2; 2 Samuel 22:4; Psalm 100:4; Psalm 106:1; Proverbs 4:20-22; Jeremiah 1:12; Acts 16:25-26; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 13:15
*In A Better Way to Pray, by Andrew Wommack, there is a complete chapter entitled, “Speak to Your Mountain.” In another chapter, Andrew shares the story of his son being raised from death back to life. As he said on his daily program, the book is not about the exact right way to pray, but about some ways he has found that have proved to be better in his own life. The book is available at http://www.awmi.net as well as The New You and the Holy Spirit.
Kenneth Copeland has shared the story of how some pastors and believers in Germany, encouraged by Kenneth Hagin’s book on the authority of the believer, in addition to praying, began speaking to the “mountain” of the Berlin wall, which existed at the time, to be removed, and, in time, saw it come down. The book, The Believer’s Authority is available at http://www.rhema.org
At times, it may be that after speaking to a “mountain,” God will show you a course of action to take regarding its removal. If any type of ailment is a mountain in your life, Andrew’s book and website with healing testimonies are very encouraging. And the Copeland’s magazine, Believer’s Voice of Victory, has featured many healing stories. I like the ones where people immersed themselves in the Word and saw their mountains move. (See archive post, Immersion in God’s Word, for some healing scriptures…and recorded scriptures can be found at You Tube.)