If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Mat 17:21
I never understood this verse. Moving mountains at a word is impossible, right? Jesus told his disciples that they couldn’t drive a demon out of a little boy because they had just such little faith; that demons of this sort only come out with prayer. His diagnosis of their problem was too little faith and then he offers his solution to the problem – faith the size of a tiny mustard seed. Ah, the Master of word play at work. We don’t have to have huge faith to do the impossible, just a small bit of faith to pray to a HUGE God. Thankfully, we don’t need to have faith in our own competence or even in our ability to pray, we just need to get to praying. Commentator Dale Bruner says that mustard seed faith is “faith that’s said its prayers; faith that breathes”. Our faith might be small, but it’s not feeble. It’s alive just like a seed. Mustard seed faith is simply faith that moves you to pray to a really big God.