22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
What an amazing promise – faith to the extreme! Jesus had that faith – he who could still the wind and waves, who could restore life to one in a tomb, who could heal and teach and live every moment in faith. Us? Well, maybe we could move a pebble, if we kicked it. But a mountain? I don’t think so.
These words of Jesus remind me that there is so much more to faith than I can receive in this lifetime. There is more power in God than I can possibly comprehend. There will be a day when you and I get to experience the fullness of God, when faith is more concrete, right in front of our eyes, so everyone can see it. Then we will see mountains moving, even melting, before the awesome greatness of our God.
I may never move a mountain, but God is moving me day by day. I guess that’s enough right now. Keep moving me, dear God, as I endeavor to grow in faith.
There is so much of you, Lord, like an immense mountain that takes my breath away. I cannot presume to scale the mountain of faith when I can barely scramble over a hump in the road. Don’t give up on my, Lord, as I try to keep you in the center of my life. Strengthen me for the journey, give me persistence in prayer, and above all, help me forgive as you have forgiven me. For this I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.