In Matthew 17, we have a story of a boy who is suffering from demon possession, his own life is in danger because he continually throws himself in fire or water.
The father pleads with the disciples who have been given the power and authority to heal in Jesus’ name.
But they fail to bring healing to the boy, and as a result Jesus rebukes the disciples for their lack of faith.
But how did the disciples exhibit their lack of faith?
Out of pride, they started thinking they could do God’s work in their own strength. The disciples lack of faith, seen in their lack of prayer brought disappointment to Jesus. As a result of his compassion to the boy, Jesus healed the boy of demon possession.
This story is a good reminder that despite the privilege we have as Christians, despite the gifts and opportunity God gives us to serve, be it to our neighbour or church, we must never let pride take control and think we can do God’s work in our own strength.
Our Christian life and service must always be saturated in prayer. Our Prayer life is an indication of our faith in Jesus! When we exempt God from our lives, we lose and so do others we seek to serve!
Matthew 17:20 ”… if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”