A passage from today's NT reading talked about the withered fig tree. The fig tree is a picture of Israel, where it takes up space but doesn't produce fruit. A withered tree is usually chopped down. Why does God keep me around? As a Christian, am I bearing fruit or am I like a withered fig tree?
In verse 20 it says that the tree was withered to it's roots. When we stop bearing fruit the problem always begins with the roots. Further down in verse 25 Jesus reminds us that we must have FAITH and FORGIVENESS when we pray so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.