Mark 11:13-14, 20 says, ‘And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. . . And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.’ When most believers observe that the circumstances in their lives and environment do not match up with their deep seated desires, they mistakenly conclude that the reason for this is unwillingness on God’s part to give these things to them. They believe that God is reluctant to answer their prayers. However, a deeper study of life and the Scriptures reveal that the problem has to do with receiving the manifestation of God’s answers to prayers.
Jesus made it clear in Luke 12:32 that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. In the light of answered prayers He stated in Mark 11:24, ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’ and in Matt 7:78 … ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
In Jn 16:23-24, Jesus said ‘And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. As believers, we know that …God is not a man that he should lie neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23:19). Therefore the reason why we do not see the manifestation of answers to our prayers is not because God does not want us to have them. ( Jn 16: 23-24: And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (NKJV). Rather, it is because we do not understand the laws of manifestation or how to activate them.