Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? Matthew 17:19
The disciples were perplexed, they couldn’t understand why they couldn’t cast out the demon like Jesus instructed them. Many times in our own lives we are perplexed also, why hasn’t God answered our prayers? Why hasn’t this obstacle or illness been removed from us?
The disciples were kind of embarrassed about their failure to heal the man, so they talked to Jesus in private about it. Think about it, these men were the chosen disciples of Gods son, and yet they failed to perform the miracle they claim they could. Humility set in on them very quickly
And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20
Notice the disciples went to Jesus about this problem and asked him why they failed, we need to take the same approach. We need to pray and ask for guidance and wisdom from God when we don’t understand a particular situation.
Jesus answered them and told them they failed because of their lack of faith. How many times do we throw up empty prayers that we really don’t believe there ever going to happen, because of our lack of faith they never will happen.
However what if we do put all our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, do you really want to see that mountain move?
However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21
Jesus also reminds us that some miracles take deeper faith, God was not going to remove this particular demon based on empty faith. He required deeper prayer and even fasting. Why would God require this? God wants you to show him your trust and obedience. God will fight your battles for you, you just need to give your heart to him. True faith will move mountains in Jesus Name Amen