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Increase of Faith
Luke 17:5 “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.”
If the Apostles needed so to pray then it is certain we do as well.
It is because our faith is so small, that our hearts become cold, that we fall into declensions, that we benefit so little from the Word, that we find prayer difficult, that we become so easily discouraged, that we become fretful, impatient and fearful. All our weaknesses in the Christian life arise because of the smallness of our faith.
This then is the prayer God’s people can never cease to pray, “Lord, increase our faith.”
“By the key of faith, we fetch daily new grace out of Christ's treasury to sanctify us more and more” (Edmund Calamy 1600-1666).
“Would you have more faith? Then seek to become more acquainted with Jesus Christ. Study your blessed Saviour more and more, and strive to know more of the length and breadth and height of His love. Study Him in all His offices, as the Priest, the Physician, the Redeemer, the Advocate, the Friend, the Teacher, the Shepherd of His believing people. Study Him as one who not only died for you, but is also living for you at the right hand of God; as one who not only shed His blood for you, but daily intercedes for you at the right hand of God; as one who is soon coming again for you, and will stand once more on this earth.
The miner who is fully persuaded that the rope which draws him up from the pit will not break, is drawn up without anxiety and alarm. The believer who is thoroughly acquainted with the fullness of Jesus Christ is the believer who travels from grace to glory with the greatest comfort and peace. Then let your daily prayers always contain these words, “Lord, increase my faith.” (Bishop Ryle).
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