Scripture: Matthew 17:14-21
Key verses: (20-21) He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Reflection: Our Confirmation class has the opportunity to hear from each of our clergy. After they share their faith journey and teach, the 8th graders can ask questions. This group of youth are asking more and more questions each week. (Good luck to our last pastor leading them, Ben Brannan, they will have a whole lot for you!) One question they had for Millie Snyder stuck with me this week. Does prayer change God’s mind?
I love exploring the questions and wondering what they are really asking. I think this was a question of faith. Do we need faith if God is powerful and loving? Do we need prayer?
Jesus encourages us to practice our faith. Our faith is a seed that grows with regular faith practices. Worship. Prayer. Bible study. Daily devotions. Faith is not magic. Faith is the participation in the work of God.
In this passage, the disciples had just returned from the mountaintop transfiguration. They are met with a father bringing his epileptic son to be healed but the disciples could not heal him. Jesus is angry but does not leave them in their passive, ineffective faith. Jesus challenge them to find that mustard-seed faith and continue to pray.
Let us do the same. I don’t think we can ever know if it changes God’s mind, but as Rev. Millie told the confirmation class, it certainly changes us.
Prayer: O Lord, Hear my prayer.
(May our prayers continue throughout the day)
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].