Speak to the Mountain
22 Jesus replied, “Let the faith of God be in you![p] 23 Listen to the truth I speak to you: Whoever says to this mountain with great faith and does not doubt,[q] ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’[r] and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done. 24 This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying,[s] if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him[t] so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. 26 But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”
Mark 11:22-26, The Passion Translation
What on earth does it mean to speak to a mountain? How can we see a mountain move? As we found out in the late 2010’s, it is an incredible thing.
Someone’s child had a large irregularly shaped mole on their face that had begun to grow and bleed. Everyone was thinking the same thing… cancer. We don’t know that it was cancer, but it was very concerning nonetheless. It was a teenager and it was on their face. It was heavy on our hearts that it might leave a permanent scar, it might never go away or that it actually was cancer. Our group began to lift this matter up to the Lord, to pray.
Did God know this was a problem? Of course. Did God care enough to do anything about this problem? Of course. It is hard to trust in His timing, His plan and His power, but we knew enough to ask. We’re promised in several places, in the Bible, that God hears our prayers; Mark 11 being one of them. “This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours.” Do pay attention to verse 25, though. It’s one of the clues to blockages to healing.
Our group began to intercede for this seemingly insurmountable problem, this mountain. As we talked to the Lord, I heard the Holy Spirit (for what that looks like, read this article) say, “Speak to the Mole.” My immediate thought was, ‘Wow, I’ve never done that before.” The thought wasn’t in disbelief, nor even in excitement; it was more in curiosity.
When it became my turn to pray, I began to speak to the mole. Now, the Lord had taught me in previous seasons of life to be specific. The authority we carry has been delegated to us by God Himself; meaning, it’s not up to us to beg God for what He’s going to do, it is up to us to decree what we want to see happen and submit those wishes to God for His will to be done.
Of course, I knew this was already God’s will because the Holy Spirit had just indicated to do so. I literally began to address the mole. It went something like this: “Mole: in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to dry up. You must dry up, fall off, and not leave a scar. You are not allowed to remain. You are not allowed to torment this child anymore. You must go!” No yelling. No begging. Just simple words backed by faith.
Now, if you are familiar with deliverance ministry, this is going to sound very familiar to you. While we had training in that skillset, I had never spoken to an infirmity in this way. I had spoken to spirits causing infirmity but never the infirmity itself. Did it matter? No. Was I speaking to the mole or to the spirit of infirmity? It doesn’t matter. God is bigger than that. His omnipotence is bigger than that.
Within three days, the mole dried up, fell off his face and did not leave a scar! What a beautiful and powerful testimony of the goodness of our God. Not only did He answer our cry, he taught us about faith in the process. We learned more about how to be faithful followers exhibiting the power and greatness of our God. That day, we can to be His hands and feet, bringing the kingdom of God to earth and changing lives.