The Power Of Mustard-Seed Faith
“Pastor Prince, I understand the need to take charge, but I just don’t have that kind of boldness or faith. My faith is so small.”
As small as a grain of mustard seed? Well, that’s good enough for Jesus, and for uprooting big, deep-rooted problems!
In teaching His disciples how to deal with problems, Jesus told them that even if their faith was only the size of a mustard seed, they could command the mulberry tree (the problem), “Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,” and the tree (their problem) would obey them (Luke 17:6).
Do you know how small a mustard seed is? At approximately 1.5mm in diameter, it’s minuscule compared to the mulberry tree, which has a thick, strong trunk, and roots that go very deep. Yet, faith as small as a mustard seed will uproot this strong and deeply rooted tree! Can you see the Lord’s goodness and grace here?
My friend, has that stubborn medical condition been there for a long time? Is your financial situation deeply rooted in a bad debt? Is drug addiction causing you to lose your teenager? No matter how big or deeply entrenched the problem is, no matter how small you think your faith is, start speaking to the problem. Use your mustard-seed faith and command the problem to go: “Be plucked up by your roots and be cast into the sea!” And expect it to obey you because Jesus said it would.
Keep Commanding Your Problem To Be Uprooted
Years ago, before I was married, I had a skin condition on my back. It had been there for quite a long time and was quite widespread, looking like a continent on my back. After Wendy and I got married, she of course noticed it as well. However, this condition didn’t bother me much. I was only conscious of it when I perspired and the affected area started to itch.
One day, the Lord said to me, “Son, do you want to keep that or do you want to get rid of it?” So I said, “Lord, I want to get rid of it.” Then He said, “From now on, when you partake of the Holy Communion, mention your desire to be healed and receive healing from My broken body. Every day, command the condition to depart.”
So I began to say, “Skin condition, be thou plucked up by your roots and be thou planted in the sea!” I did that every day, partaking of the Holy Communion and commanding the condition to leave. In the natural, this may not seem logical or possible. How can mere words remove a stubborn physical condition? But we are talking about the realm of faith. We are talking about God’s Word and ways. If God says it will work, let’s just believe Him.
I don’t know how long it took, probably a number of months, but as I was washing up one morning, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to check my back. So I looked at my back in the mirror and discovered that the condition was gone. It was all gone!
Command with authority again and again until your problem gives way and you get your breakthrough!
I don’t know how or when I was healed. The manifestation of my healing was certainly not dramatic, but it happened. So whatever it is you have, be it a pimple or tumor, start speaking to it. Start commanding it to go. The problem is not going to uproot itself, God’s Word and your faith are!
If you have been speaking to your problem and have yet to see results, don’t be discouraged. Keep speaking to it every day, commanding it to be uprooted. When Jesus taught His disciples to “say” to the mulberry tree (Luke 17:6), the Greek word used here for “say” carries the imperfect tense, meaning it is a repeated action. In other words, Jesus was telling them to repeatedly command the problem to depart. So don’t just say it once and forget about it. Command with authority again and again until your problem gives way and you get your breakthrough!
The Power Of Practicing His Presence
Let me share with you how you can pray and declare with greater authority and see more results. Coming back to Elijah’s earnest prayer, when he addressed King Ahab and declared that there would be no rain, Elijah’s first words were, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand…” (1 Kings 17:1). Notice how the prophet was more conscious of the Lord’s presence than of the king’s presence. So when you pray or command your problem to be uprooted, know that the Lord Most High is present in your life and that He is the one who will bring your miracle to pass!
Let me share with you about one of my pastors who leads worship in our church. When he leads worship, and even more so when he leads the congregation in partaking of the Holy Communion, the anointing is very tangible. This pastor doesn’t shout or jump around. He just speaks gently from his heart and people are ministered to.
When you practice the Lord’s presence, you sense His peace, love and empowerment.
As his senior pastor, there was a period when I noticed an increase in his anointing. Not only was there a greater anointing when he led worship and the Holy Communion, but he had more results when he went to pray for the sick in hospitals. So I asked him why this was happening and he revealed that it was all because of a revelation I had shared with my pastors a number years ago when we were away at a conference.
I had told them that ever since I came to know Jesus, I ’ve found it a joy to practice His presence. Whenever I’m feeling down or just plain overwhelmed by circumstances, I always picture Him at my right hand. I shared with my pastors that over time, I noticed I had become less fearful, less stressed, and more authoritative and stronger, just by seeing the Lord with me always. Beloved, you can do this too wherever you are, and sense His peace, love, and empowering presence right in the midst of your circumstance!
Well, my sharing became a personal revelation for this pastor and he ran with it. He would see the Lord with him every time he led worship or prayed for someone. He told me that he realized it wasn’t about him, but that it was all about the Lord. So after he had prayed for someone, he would step aside and let the Lord do the healing. And just by seeing the Lord with him all the time, his anointing, which has blessed many in my congregation, grew!
Beloved, the Lord is with you and He has given you the authority to command the forces of darkness, such as diseases, negative situations and evil spirits, to depart. So use your God-given authority to pray powerful prayers and usher in the Lord’s divine life, health, wisdom, favor, and supply into your life and the lives of others. Through what the Lord will do in and through you when you pray, many will see that you have a God who cares, who is willing to help, and who is most able!