“If you need someone to agree with you in prayer according to Matthew 18:19, find a young child who has just become a Christian and pray with him,” said a pastor.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because he will have true child-like faith and will actually believe God will answer your prayers.”
I did not think much about the pastor’s words at the time, but over the years, I have often reflected on them. It’s a sad commentary on our faith.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:19-20)
Almost all of us Christians have misinterpreted Jesus’ mustard seed analogy.
Yes, the mustard seed was the smallest of seeds, but it had just one goal: to become the tallest bush in the garden, growing to a height of ten feet in a single season. Every moment of every day, a mustard seed awaited the proper amount of light and water so it would become the tallest bush in the garden. It never let go of its genetic promises and could lie dormant for over sixty years before bursting forth into its full destiny if the proper growing conditions were met.
Jesus was not referring to itsy-bitsy faith to move mountains, but rather, whole-hearted, one hundred percent faith, which was willing to die before letting go of its promises.
So, if we want to be effective with our prayers, we need to increase our faith. How can we do that?
(Continued in Part 4)