Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as 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. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
And here is the problem. We are called to confront issues of darkness that cannot be overcome easily. Our passions overcome us and those around us to a point when all seems out of control. The quick cures that we learned when we began our walk with the Lord aren’t working. Passages of scripture recited as if they were magic words don’t penetrate the heart of our struggles. Imitations of what we see in televised ministries or read in popular devotionals are equally ineffective. Lack of our expected timely results lead us to doubt and disbelief. When these two impostors take root, nothing can be accomplished.
Overcoming the forces that throw us into fire and flood requires three elements; and without the first, the other two are meaningless exercises. Faith the size of the insignificant mustard seed is the foundation of victory. This sort of faith is not something that is easily held on to. It takes far more attention to maintain a mustard seed in one’s hand than a coconut or even a pecan. Faith requires watchfulness and discipline to hold on, especially when things are not easily obtained. Indeed, if one is watchful and disciplined to hold on to hope, almost nothing can stand in his way.
Our Lord suggest that there are times that faith needs the practical assistance of prayer and fasting. We must be in constant communication with God to exorcise our demons and those of others. We must practice tangible control of our own desires before we can successfully overcome the intangible wickedness that fights against us. With these two tools forged with the one necessary element, we cannot be overtaken in sin nor swallowed up in the despairing situations around us. Even when we stumble, we are able to rise again in repentance and not fall as easily nor deeply as before. With this sure-footed walk with the Savior, we can reach down and help others come on the journey with us. Have faith above all. In faith, pray and fast.