praying for the impossible
II corinthians 1:20, I john 5:14 - 15, Job 22:28
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "Because you have so little faith." NIV The disciples had been unable to drive out this demon, and they asked Jesus why. They had cast out demons before; why hadn't this demon responded? Jesus pointed to their lack of faith. Perhaps the disciples had tried to drive out the demon with their own ability rather than God's. If so, their hearts and minds were not in tune with God, so their words had no power. Their question revealed their error; they centered on themselves (we), not on Christ.
There are some very unique and insightful keys to success and answer to prayer(s) in these scriptures. Oftentimes we pray for the possible, but how often do we pray for the impossible. It’s time for our faith to grow and take us far beyond what we can think or comprehend. It appears we have been settling for the possible, but not that which seems impossible, we have gone after the seen, but not the unseen.
Sometimes we are guilty of trying to drive out the demon and problems with our own ability rather than God's. The disciples hearts and minds were not in tune with God, so their words had no power. Can we say Amen? Their question revealed their error; they centered on themselves (we), not on Christ. When examined, Christendom has the same problem in the 21st century.
Jesus pointed to the disciples' lack of faith. Jesus wasn't condemning the disciples for substandard faith; he was trying to show how important faith would be in their ministry. It is the power of God, working through our faith, that moves mountains. The mustard seed was the smallest seed known. But like the mustard seed that grew into a large garden plant, even so a small "seed" of faith is sufficient. There is great power in even a little faith when God is with us. If we feel weak or powerless as Christians, we should examine our faith, making sure we are trusting in God and not our own abilities, education, and skill sets, to produce the desired results.
If we are facing problems that seem immovable as mountains, we must turn our eyes from the mountain and look to Christ for more faith. Then, as Jesus promised, nothing will be impossible. Quoting the lyrics of a song, “The mountain will tell you, that you can't make it over! It will try to convince you, that it's way too high! Though you feel defeated, know that God keeps His promise!
So you tell the mountain just how big your God is!” It is not the "amount" of faith that matters; rather, it is the power of God available to anyone with even the smallest faith. We cannot fail when we have true, genuine faith.
My sincere prayer is that 2017 will become the year that we all pray for the impossible and exercise the required faith to obtain the impossible.
Bishop Samuel Duncan Jr., Prelate
Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction