I’ve been studying “faith” this morning in the Bible. I find the following passage interesting from Matthew 17. Traditionally, I think that it is read one way, but today it occurred to me perhaps it refers to something else:
14 ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
I have often heard reference that verse 21 signifies that certain miracles won’t happen unless you pray and fast (which are true and essential acts).
But today it struck me that perhaps Jesus could have been referencing this statement, “O faithless and perverse generation…” when He said: “Howbeit this kind goeth not out by by prayer and fasting.” Perhaps the Savior was meaning that an unbelieving heart is the thing that requires fasting (and prayer) to change sufficiently, which then always leads to miracles.
He himself said that the most minute particles of faith, such as the size of a mustard seed, could cause a mountain to move. So perhaps it is not that deep fasting and prayer force fruition of miracles. That would seem almost contradictory (Christ Himself said that miracles only require a particle of faith to occur). Perhaps the Savior simply was saying that it is perverse unbelief that requires prayer and fasting to be removed.
Just a thought that struck me today.