When evening came, Jesus and his disciples left the city.
Early next morning, as they walked along the road, they saw the fig tree. It was dead all the way down to its roots.
Peter remembered what had happened and said to Jesus, "Look, Teacher, the fig tree you cursed has died!"
Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God.
I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 1
For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.
And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done." 2
They arrived once again in Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the elders came to him
and asked him, "What right do you have to do these things? Who gave you such right?"
Jesus answered them, "I will ask you just one question, and if you give me an answer, I will tell you what right I have to do these things.
Tell me, where did John's right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?"
They started to argue among themselves: "What shall we say? If we answer, "From God,' he will say, "Why, then, did you not believe John?'
But if we say, "From human beings . . .' " (They were afraid of the people, because everyone was convinced that John had been a prophet.)
So their answer to Jesus was, "We don't know." Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you, then, by what right I do these things."