I’ve been thinking a lot about mustard seed faith lately.  Last week I received a message from a friend who needed prayer. She had some very difficult circumstances in front of her and she wasn’t sure how to move forward. She ended the message by saying that she believed God would move her mountain.

I love her.

When You Have Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

And He said to them, “…for truly I say to 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 to you” Matthew 17:20

God shows us in this mustard seed parable that He wants our prays to be covered in the fragrance of faith – and He tells us that faith as small as a mustard seed can accomplish great things!

So then…

Why is it that some mustard seed faith doesn’t move mountains?

My husband has been suffering from chronic back pain for over ten years. There have been moments that have been so hard. And not only for him but for our whole family.

I pray. And pray. And pray. Lord, please deliver him from this pain!!

I know that the Lord is able to heal him.

Yet, the pain remains.

I talked to an old friend awhile back. She is struggling with the passing of her aunt who she was very close with. She recently lost her second battle with cancer.

“Why did the Lord heal her cancer the first time, but not this time?” she asked while choking back tears.

I often wonder this, too. Why is it that some prayers seem to possess more mountain-moving power than others?

Is it a lack of faith?


But maybe not. 

We need a better understanding of the meaning of mustard seed faith.

I love this quote… 

“The most glorious reason you exist is for the proclamation of the glory of God to the ends of the world. And it’s more than having a nice life.” – David Platt

This is such a great reminder. Our motive for all we do should ultimately be God’s glory. No matter the cost.

So what if, instead of moving the mountain, the glory is found in climbing it?

What if the mountain is God’s instrument to further mold my character to the image of Christ?

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4

Or maybe the Lord wants to use my mountain climbing to display His power, love, and faithfulness to others.

If this were so, would I still want it moved?

May it not be, Lord.

Not All Mustard Seed Faith Moves Mountains

So, my friend let me ask you a question… 

What mountains are you facing today? 

Let me encourage you to keep praying. Find some scriptures to pray as you face this trial. Grab your prayer journal and write your prayers out to God. Keep casting those mustard seeds in faith. But ultimately, your greatest act of faith is surrender. It’s in trusting Him. Whether He chooses to move the mountain or not.

Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and the hope He offers us. Let’s remember that all trial, uncertainty, and pain is temporary. 

We have an eternal inheritance waiting for us. 

One that will never spoil or fade.

 One where there will be no anxiety, suffering, or sorrow.

This hope is what gives us the strength to face our mountains – whether they move or whether they stand.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Peter 1:3-6

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