Everything–and I do mean everything–that you hope to accomplish in your life as a Christ-follower requires faith. Faith is the backdrop before which we live our Christian lives. It’s the stage we act on, the field we play on and the house we live in. It is impossible to segregate faith from Christianity. One requires the other.
That’s why we need to pray like the disciples did: Lord, increase our faith! (Luke 17:5). Praying for faith is like adding air to a low tire. It will help you move along more effectively and efficiently in God’s Kingdom. Here are three biblical reasons to pray for a robust faith:
Faith pleases God.
The writer of Hebrews got right to the point when expressing his understanding of his faith: Without it, you can’t please God (see Hebrews 11:6). The means by which humans connect with God is faith. Without faith, we’ll never be able to have a relationship with him. Faith opens the door to knowing, loving and serving God.
God is not like a mean and scary wizard who tries to intimidate and chase off all who would dare to approach him. Rather, God is the kind and approachable creator of the universe who honors and blesses those who approach him in faith. He wants a relationship with every one of us.
You want to be a person of faith because it is the means by which we approach, know and relate to God. God will honor your desire for faith. Pray that your faith will grow.
Faith sees what others don’t.
Faith is the ability by God’s grace to see what others don’t. It’s the capacity to look into an insurmountable set of circumstances and find the hope and provision of God, even when those around you can’t.
Faith is having the awareness of God’s Kingdom in the world, even when no one else around knows it’s there. Jesus taught that all who are born again can see God’s Kingdom (John 3:3); it’s by faith that we do. Faith opens your eyes to the power of God in your daily life, and it is impossible for you to experience the abundant life that God promised you without it.
Faith opens the door to the miraculous.
Matthew 13 records what I believe is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. After Jesus had spent a frustrating few days in his hometown of Nazareth, Matthew wrote, “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith,” (Matthew 13:58). There is an obvious relationship between our faith and God’s willingness to work miraculously among us. The verse doesn’t say that Jesus couldn’t do miracles in Nazareth; it says he didn’t do miracles there. It seems that God doesn’t feel obligated to work where his power is doubted.
That’s good! I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that distinction.
Faith is the red carpet that the power of God walks down. Faith is the key that unlocks the treasury of God’s unlimited resources. Faith paves the way for the presence and anointing of God. The relationship between faith and God’s power is simple: If one is not there you won’t find the other.
But the reverse is true as well. God is ready and willing to work in miraculous ways wherever faith resides. Had the people of Nazareth not doubted Christ, the verse could just as easily have read: And Jesus did many miracles there because of their great faith. What a difference faith makes!
If you want your life to be a place where God’s power resides, then you want him to find faith residing in you. Pray for a great faith! Pray that your belief in the presence and power of God would be a conduit for his supernatural work in and through you.
Too many Christians view themselves as faith weaklings. In reality, you can’t become a Christian without faith. So, stop believing that you don’t have any and start praying like you do. Then, pray for more faith. God will give it to you.