Re:Verse passage – Matthew 17:14-21 (day five)
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
The disciples were clearly perplexed. Jesus had previously given them authority to cast out demons (Matthew 10). In fact, according to Mark’s gospel, they had actually already done just that (Mark 6:13). At least they are asking the right question, “Why?”
Jesus’ answer was telling. It’s not the quantity (even a mustard seed amount is enough), but rather the quality of your faith that is the problem. They had at least a mustard seed’s worth or they would have even tried to cast out the demon.
Much like us, the disciples believed that if they did the right things and said the right things, that would equate to faith and power. Jesus is teaching them (us) that genuine faith is not a byproduct of a ritual or mechanical actions and words. Going to church, reading the scriptures, reciting prayers, teaching, preaching are not enough on their own. Faith is deeper. It is the byproduct of a continuing, dynamic relationship with Him. (Honest, constant, humble, engaging, and trusting)