Today I would like to share with everyone, one of my favorite scriptures pertaining to faith. Now let’s go back in time. Imagine you are one of the small groups of people assembled at a foot of a mountain waiting for Jesus’ help. We see a father that has a demon possessed child asking Jesus for help. The father goes on to tell Jesus that his son has seizures and falls in fires and water due to his episodes. It is obvious to you that this boy does not merely have a medical condition, but this is something sinister.
Then to your amazement, you hear the father tell Jesus that his disciples tried, but could not cast out the demon inside of the boy. I could just see it now, Jesus walking up to the child and speaking to the demon with total authority “get out!” and then seeing the boy be instantly healed.
Now imagine that you are in a small room with Jesus and his disciples’ and you over hear them asking him, “why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” Then you hear Jesus say, “Because of your lack of faith. I tell all of you with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you,” (Matthew 17:20, ISV).
Jesus was not trying to condemn his disciples. Instead, he was trying to show them how important it is to have faith not only now, but in their future ministry. Maybe the disciples could not cast out the demon because they were relying on their own ability instead of fully relying on God’s. Regardless to the reasons, they simply could not do it on their own because they did not have enough faith.
Then Jesus goes on to tell them, if they had faith, they could move mountains. Jesus was not talking about partial faith, but total faith and devotion to God. He meant that they must believe fully with not only their hearts and minds, but their very souls. That is true faith! If they could only have a small amount of that faith, the size of a tiny mustard seed, mountains would submit to them. Literally, nothing would be impossible for one that has this kind of faith.
What a powerful lesson Jesus was teaching. Not only to his disciples, but to all of us today. The Lord put this devotional in my heart to share with everyone today. I not only wanted to share it, but I wanted people to read and experience it. Almost as if we were there because even though we were not, Jesus lives in and with us all today.
If you are dealing with any problems and are praying for resolutions, and you don’t see any movement in that area of your life, do not be dismayed. Do not start to have reservations about our Lord and think “maybe he is not listening” or even worse, “maybe I am not worth having this prayer answered.” There may be a large amount of things not letting your prayers be answered such as not forgiving someone or not repenting for a past sin.Maybe you may be having trouble really connecting to our Heavenly father while you are praying to Him. Are your thoughts being cluttered or you have trouble focusing to speak to Him.
So I would like everyone today to take some time away from their busy schedules and dedicate 15 minutes to prayer. Fully devote yourself to our Heavenly Father during that time and focus only on Him. Pray to Him as if you were talking to a friend and do not have any doubt on His ability to properly govern your life. I promise you that resolution will come your way. It may not be in the form you want it to be, but we must all have faith in knowing that God’s will is being done one way or another.
When we have full faith in God, we will be able to one day move mountains and our prayers will be answered according to His perfect will. As it was written, “That is why I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours,” (Mark 11:24). As you see, we must believe and have faith that things will begin to move in your life and they will.
God bless you all and please have a blessed day!