Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Matthew 17:14-20 NLT
[14] At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said,

[15] “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.

[16] So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”

[17] Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”

[18] Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.

[19] Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”

[20] “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ”

Reflection . . .

The following excerpt is taken from The One Year Praying Through the Bible. It captures exactly the sentiment of this passage for us to consider today.

“When the disciples felt the sting of failure over their inability to heal the boy in today’s reading, Jesus directed them to place their faith—no matter how small— in him rather than in their own abilities.

The mustard seed is a reminder to walk to the base of the mountain hand in hand with the all-powerful God. It is a tangible symbol that it is not your strength that will move the mountain; rather, it is the God in whom you place your faith that can move a mountain out of your way.

GOD, the mountain of my circumstances seems so large, yet when I look to you as the source of my strength, it becomes insignificant. My faith seems small, yet when I place it in the Creator’s hands, it can produce a greater harvest than I could ever imagine. Lord, take my tiny seed of faith, and multiply it with your strength, wisdom, and guidance. Thank you for assuring my heart that nothing is impossible with you.”

Faith is to prayer what the feather is to the arrow;

without faith it will not hit the mark. 

J. C. Ryle (1816–1900)