Whatever you ask for?

“Whatever you ask for in prayer believe you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk 11:24) has become a favourite scripture for many Christians in recent times because at face value it seems to suggest that believers can ask God for anything they want and if they believe enough that it is theirs it will be theirs. But how many of us have taken the time to understand the context of that verse (Mark 11:12-33)? The context gives an entirely different picture.
Jesus and his disciples were on their way from Bethany to Jerusalem when Jesus saw a fig tree with leaves on it. Being hungry he decided to inspect it for fruit, but there was none. Then in an act that must have surprised the disciples, he cursed the tree saying “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” Ouch, what did the poor tree do? Did it sin? More