貳 主耶穌在咒詛無花果樹（以色列國的象徵—耶二四2、5、8）而使其枯乾的事上，教導門徒要憑信心禱告—太二一18 ～ 22，可十一20 ～ 24：
3 我們應當是實行神旨意，以完成神經綸的人—就是要爲着祂的喜悅產生一個生機體—弗一5、9、22 ～ 23。
三 根據這個背景，主耶穌教導門徒憑着信心禱告，好按照神的經綸，執行祂的旨意—21 ～ 22 節。
四 我們的禱告該成就神的旨意，就是要得着基督的身體，終極完成新耶路撒冷—弗一9、22 ～23，啓二一2。
叁 我們需要以神爲我們的信來禱告—可十一20 ～ 24：
二 當禱告者與神調和，並與神成爲一時，神就成爲他的信；這就是信神（在神裏面有信心）的意思—22 節。
太二一21 ～ 22『…我實在告訴你們，你們若有信心，不疑惑，不但能行無花果樹上所發生的事，就是對這座山說，你得挪開，投在海裏，也必成就。你們禱告，無論求甚麼，只要信，就必得着。』
第一個神人〔主耶穌〕在咒詛無花果樹，而使其立刻枯乾的事上，教導門徒如何憑信心禱告（太二一18 ～22，可十一20 ～ 24）。…沒有多少人看見，主關於禱告的教訓是與神的經綸有關，而神的經綸是藉着祂忠信的子民遵行祂的旨意纔得以完成。…神人基督…是惟一在神面前絕對是對的人。要有這樣的禱告，我們這個人必須是對的，是遵行神旨意的。這是神的旨意，但不是在小事上，諸如我們該搬到那裏，乃是在祂大的旨意上，爲着完成神的經綸。今天許多基督徒很膚淺、輕率的使用『神的旨意』這辭。我們應當是實行神旨意，以完成神經綸的人。神的經綸是要爲着祂的喜悅產生一個生機體。以色列人在這事上使神失望，所以神臨到召會，盼望召會能作祂的生機體。至終，一般的說，召會也使神失望了。甚麼是我們必須完成的神真實的旨意？乃是顧到產生並建造神的生機體，就是基督的身體，終極完成新耶路撒冷（李常受文集一九九四至一九九七年第三册，七二五至七二六頁）。
無花果樹是以色列國的象徵（耶二四2、5、8）。…以色列國由於腐敗，失去了她完成神經綸的性能。在啓示錄二章，在主給以弗所這第一個召會的頭一封書信裏說，因爲在那裏的召會失去了照耀出耶穌之見證的性能，所以主要把她的燈臺挪去（5）。在古時，同樣的事發生在以色列國身上。事實上，以色列國原是燈臺，由神所設立，站立在全地照耀出神的見證（亞四2），但由於以色列國的腐敗，她失去了這性能。…因着…以色列人…的光景…是不結果子，只有葉子，所以神定意要放棄他們（太二一33 ～ 43）。主在他們中間盡職事三年半。…但這職事對神所揀選的國民並沒有果效，所以神定意要放棄他們。…主耶穌在神眼中是對的，知道神的心，所以祂對無花果樹的咒詛，乃是照着祂對神要完成祂經綸之旨意的認識，祂知道神要放棄腐敗的以色列國（19）。…根據這個背景，第一個神人〔主耶穌〕教導門徒憑着信心禱告，好按照神的經綸，執行祂的旨意（21 ～ 22）。
WEEK 3 — DAY 3
II. In cursing the fig tree, a symbol of the nation of Israel (Jer. 24:2, 5, 8), so that it dried up, the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray by faith—Matt. 21:18-22; Mark 11:20-24:
A. His teaching here was according to God's will, which is to be accomplished for the fulfillment of His economy—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 1:5,
1. Not many see that the Lord's teaching on prayer is related to God's economy, which is to be accomplished by His faithful people doing His will.
2. To pray such a prayer, we must be right persons doing God's will— His great will for the accomplishment of His economy—Rev. 4:11.
3. We should be those who are carrying out God's will to accomplish His economy—to produce an organism for His good pleasure—Eph. 1:5, 9, 22-23.
B. The Lord Jesus, who is right in the eyes of God, knows God's heart, so His cursing the fig tree was according to His knowledge of God's will in the fulfillment of God's economy to give up the rotten Israel—Matt. 21:19.
C. Based upon this background, the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray for executing God's will according to His economy by faith—vv.
D. Our prayer should carry out God's will to have the Body of Christ, which will consummate the New Jerusalem—Eph. 1:9, 22-23; Rev. 21:2.
III. We need to pray with God as our faith—Mark 11:20-24:
A. In Mark 11:20-24 the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray by faith for executing God's will.
B. When the praying one is mingled with God and is one with God, God becomes his faith; this is what it means to have faith in God—v. 22.
C. The praying one can have faith in God without doubting, but believing that he has received what he asked for, and he will receive it.
Matt. 21:21-22 …Truly I say to you, If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will happen. And all that you ask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive.
In cursing the fig tree so that it instantly dried up, the first God-man taught His disciples how to pray by faith (Matt. 21:18-22; Mark 11:20-24). Not many see that the Lord’s teaching on prayer is related to God’s economy, which is to be accomplished by His faithful people doing His will… The Godman, Christ,… is the only One who is absolutely right before God. To pray such a prayer we must be right persons doing God’s will. This is God’s will not in small matters, such as where we should move, but His great will for the accomplishment of God’s economy. Many Christians today use the term the will of God in a very shallow and light way. We should be those who are carrying out God’s will to accomplish God’s economy. God’s economy is to produce an organism for His good pleasure. Israel disappointed God in this matter, so God came to the church, hoping that the church would be His organism. Eventually, the church, generally speaking, has also failed God. What is the real will of God that we have to carry out? It is to take care of the producing and building up of God’s organism, which is the Body of Christ that will consummate the New Jerusalem. (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 3, “The God-man Living,” p. 578)
The fig tree is a symbol of the nation of Israel (Jer. 24:2, 5, 8)… The nation of Israel lost her capacity in fulfilling God’s economy because of her rottenness. In Revelation 2 the Lord’s first epistle to the first church, at Ephesus, says that because the church there lost her capacity to shine forth the testimony of Jesus, the Lord would remove her lampstand (v. 5). The same thing occurred to Israel in the ancient time. Actually, Israel was a lampstand, established by God to stand on the whole earth to shine forth God’s testimony (Zech. 4:2), but she lost this capacity because of her rottenness. Because the people of Israel’s condition of not bearing fruit but having only leaves still remained after the first God-man’s ministry among them, God intended to give them up (Matt. 21:33-43). The Lord ministered among them for three and a half years,… but [His ministry] had no effect on this nation chosen by God, so God intended to give them up. The Lord Jesus, who is right in the eyes of God, knows God’s heart, so His cursing the fig tree was according to His knowledge of God’s will in the fulfillment of God’s economy to give up the rotten Israel (v. 19). Based upon this background, the first God-man taught His disciples to pray for executing God’s will according to His economy by faith (vv. 21-22).
Thus, the praying one could have faith in God without doubting but believing that he had received what he asked for, and he would have it (Mark 11:24). The praying one is now one with God, in union with God. He is mingled with God, so God becomes his faith. This is what it means to have faith in God, according to the Lord’s word in Mark 11:22.
If we ask the Lord for things that satisfy our desire, we will not receive anything. This is because our prayer is not according to God’s will for the fulfillment of God’s economy, and we are not the right persons. First, we must be the right persons, absolutely one with God… Then we can have God as our faith and pray according to our knowledge of God’s will for the fulfillment of His economy. If we pray for something according to our desire, not according to God’s will, to fulfill our purpose, not to fulfill God’s economy, we can never have the faith in God to believe that we have received what we asked for. (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 3, “The God-man Living,” pp. 579-580, 582)
Further Reading: CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 3, “The God-man Living,” ch. 16; Life-study of Mark, msg. 35