Luke 17:5 says, “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ If you have prayed like that, you are in good company. The disciples lived with Jesus for more than three years. They saw Him cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead, yet they still asked Him to increase their faith. “He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it will obey you’” (Luke 17:6).
Praying for faith is another hurdle to answered prayer. Jesus was telling His disciples, “You don’t need any more faith; just a small amount will move mountains. The little you have can do much, but you aren’t using it.”
It is not the size of your faith that counts—it is the size of your God. If you believe, you activate heaven. Perhaps you are thinking, “I’m not sure I have faith.” “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). If you want to increase your faith, increase your intake of the Word of God. What you know of the Word becomes the limit of your faith because you can believe only what you know. It is essential to belong to a local body of believers where spiritually grounded teaching addresses all aspects of the Christian life. We need to understand how God operates in every area of life because we want to have faith in all those areas. Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29).
Father, please strengthen me to spend more time in Your Word. I want my faith in You and in Your Word to grow larger and deeper. Thank You for being all that I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: It’s not the size of your faith that counts—it’s the size of your God.
Reading: 1 Samuel 17–18; Luke 11:1–28
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional