The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.


These verses immediately follow a passage where Jesus was teaching the disciples the importance of offering forgiveness to others. The duty of forgiving offenses seemed so difficult to the disciples that they felt they needed an increase of faith to be obedient to such teaching.

Yet, Jesus did not give the disciples an easy answer to their request for faith. Through this analogy, He told them in so many words that they already had all the faith they needed. This is similar to Jesus’ words regarding faith in Mark 11:20-25. The point? All things are possible to those that believe.

To have faith means having our whole way of thinking transformed by trust in God’s amazing power. This leads us to be wholly devoted to the fruitfulness of God’s purposes in the world and in our lives. What seems impossible for us is possible for God. Jesus has all the power we need. Our strength comes from Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).


• What great things have you seen God do in your life or the lives of others through faith?

• How are you challenged to grow in faith through today’s passage?

• Acknowledge with the disciples your weakness before the Father and ask Him to increase your faith in Him. Confess the ways you have sought answers outside of Him and ask for a renewed commitment to Him.