We often ask for wisdom, but when is the last time you asked the Lord to increase your faith? Luke records the disciples asking Jesus to, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5) The Lord responds to the disciples in two parts:
- If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can make surprising requests, such as asking a tree to throw itself into the sea. (v. 6) When is the last time you made a bold request of the Lord where His help was needed to accomplish a task for His name’s sake?
- As servants of the Most High, we are to work hard and obey Him in humility. And even if we do not hear a word of appreciation from anyone, we must not be discouraged but keep on going by faith. (v. 7-10)
And separately, we have the story of the ten lepers who asked Jesus for mercy, and He responded and healed them. Jesus expressed surprise that only one of the ten returned to give Him thanks. He said to the foreigner who returned to give thanks, “Your faith has healed you.” The other nine were also healed as they marched off as lepers to the priest to be declared clean. They all had to exercise great faith as they traveled, trusting that the Lord would heal them on the way.
So what was the purpose of Jesus highlighting the foreigner who returned to give thanks? (v 11-19)
Giving thanks is an acknowledgement that the Lord has done what we asked of Him. The more God responds to our requests to be used by Him, the more likely it is that our faith will be increased so that our next request will be even bigger. When is the last time you prayed for something and then later returned to give thanks for His response?
The point is that our faith increases when we aspire to greater faith. Ask for something crazy big! We have a big God. Faith increases when we proceed without a thought of personal recognition and then give thanks. That is an acknowledgement that God is the doer and that He uses us to accomplish His purposes. Be bold. Register or login at MissionNext and see how the Lord might use you to accomplish His purposes with gratitude.