The Gift Of Faith

Q. In a recent post you wrote:
“The gift of faith mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:9 is different (from the faith to believe) in that it’s not something every believer receives. It’s a supernatural faith that allows those who’ve received it to believe the impossible and is often accompanied by the gifts of healing, miracles, and prophecy.”

I’ve prayed, “Lord, I don’t want faith the size of a mustard seed but the size of the sun!” Is it unreasonable to pray for such a gift and expect the Lord to answer that prayer? I think it’s needed in the world today more than ever!

A. In 1 Cor. 12:11 Paul said the Holy Spirit distributes gifts among believers as He determines, but in 1 Cor. 12:31 he said there’s no problem with eagerly desiring the greater gifts. To me this means we’re free to ask for any gift, as long as we understand that ultimately it’s the Holy Spirit who determines which one(s) we get. Personally, I think asking Him to empower you to use the gift He’s already given you for the purpose He intended would be a more effective prayer .

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