When we ask God to give us more faith, we often pray it because we don’t know what we have already been given. Even the Apostles prayed like this, thinking they didn’t have enough faith:
Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith” (KJV)
There are two kinds of faith. Firstly there’s the kind of faith that says “I will believe it when I see it”, like with Thomas.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. (KJV)
We call this “physical” or “natural” faith, faith that is based upon what we can see, taste, hear, smell and feel with our five senses. Then there is the kind of faith that is anchored firm in the Word of God; faith that does not falter because we don’t see the answer to our prayer; faith that keeps on believing I AM healed because the Word says so, even though I don’t “feel” healed yet.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (KJV)
Do you know we have the same faith as the apostle Peter who did mighty signs and wonders?
2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ. (KJV, emphasis added)
In fact do you know we have the same faith as Jesus?
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV, emphasis added)
All believers have been given THE measure of faith.
Rom 12:3 … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (KJV, emphasis added).
This faith was given to us by God the day we were born again, it was a gift. We have more than enough faith!
Eph 2:7 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it (the faith) is the gift of God. (KJV, annotations added)
Now since we have received this faith as a gift in the first place, we can rest assured that God will maintain and perfect it for us as well.
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (KJV)
Some translations say “author and perfecter”. When Jesus said someone had “great faith” or “little faith”, He wasn’t referring to the quantity of their faith, He was referring to the level of faith that they were operating in.
Now some would try to counter this by quoting 1 Corinthians 12, saying that the Spirit gives only SOME gifts to each of us individually.
1 Cor 12:11 But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each one as He desires. (KJV)
Well did you ever consider that you have inside you the Holy Spirit that has ALL the gifts? This verse doesn’t say He only gives “some gifts”. No the Spirit will give to a person ANY of the gifts that is needed in that specific situation. Also see just a few verses before this one:
1 Cor 12:6 And there are differences of workings, but it is the same God working all things in all. (KJV, emphasis added)
When we are new in the faith, we need the Holy Spirit to come and empower us with these gifts from time to time as we may require in our specific situation. In Paul’s epistle to the church at Corinthians (who was a “baby” church) he wrote:
1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. (KJV)
And it was this same “baby” church whom Paul was speaking to when He wrote about the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12.
But when we come into maturity in Christ, we will realize that we have all the gifts at our disposal since we have received FULLNESS in Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (KJV)
John 1:16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (KJV)
The biggest problem is not that people don’t have faith. We have more than enough faith. Born again believers all have the faith of God. The faith of God is simply this: Faith that enables you to believe in things that you cannot perceive with your five senses. You needed this faith to be saved in the first place – how else would you KNOW that your sins have been forgiven? You had to believe it! Sins that have been forgiven and blotted out is not something you can see, but through the faith God has given us, we can believe it and KNOW we have been forgiven.