Actually, what I learned from both of these verses is that REAL FAITH is FAITH that ENDURES. Many of us have had “temporary faith” or momentary “confident hope.”
Jesus applauds a heart of faith that endures.
It kind of reminds me of when I first played carpet golf as a child. I got a hole in one almost immediately. The reaction of my audience was “beginner’s luck.” It was temporary “greatness” in putt-putt golf. However, success as a professional carpet golfer would be the result of consistency and endurance.
If you want your faith to increase, you have to ask for it. But, you must be willing to take the responsibility to be mature enough to release anything that would get in the way of that faith. True faith involves surrender (just like Peter had true but temporary faith when he walked on water). True faith most often involves long-suffering. If something doesn’t appear to be turning out as you believe and hope and pray, then maybe you are choosing to view things from your perspective alone. You have to give it over, release the wheel ‘if you will’ in order to see the movement of the mountains you are staring at.
Again, if you think you can do something on your own, then you are not in a posture of surrender. In addition, if you don’t want to wait on the mountain to move, you are not practicing enduring faith. God’s ways are higher. We are not supposed to understand how it all works. If we could comprehend it, then there would be no purpose in faith.
Please increase my faith, not just the QUALITY of my faith, but the QUANTITY of my faith. I know that you have said that my faith needs to be a mere mustard seed to move a mountain. Keep me humble, and HELP me keep my eyes on YOU. When I consistently surrender to your will, the mountains ahead crumble. I am grateful for the faith you have in me and the lessons you teach me.
In Your Holy Name,