THE HEART'S DESIRE OF THE APOSTLES. But this cannot be said of man: man, in any circumstances, must be considered a moral agent; therefore the influences of the Spirit of grace are communicated, you will perceive, to aid our infirmities and give us power to believe; but the power may exist, and yet the act may not exist. But the duty depending on us, on the part of religion, or, if you please, on the part of God, may be greater than the faith; and if it be, then, of course, feebleness will be felt on the part of the Christian who has to do the duty. The faith which was found sufficient for one circumstance, would not be sufficient for the other. To those whose faith has declined.3. Has it occurred to you that trials and temptations are the best occasions to show Christ to the world? -Be a That simple prayer, three-word is recorded in Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” They did not say to the Lord to keep their faith burning or sustain their faith, but rather to Increase their faith. And the Lord said, 'If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea," and it would obey you'" (Luke 17:5-6). Now I think this is often felt. This appears —1. Intro. THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST POSSESS FAITH. Faith increases our confidence in Jesus, so that we shall not suspect Him of setting us an impracticable task.2. 1. If, then, "faith" be a thing capable of degrees, every man must be responsible for the measure of his attainment of that grace in the sight of God. MEANS SHOULD BE USED TO SECURE AN INCREASE OF FAITH. We are tried by various circumstances, and tempted by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Baker. The only ultimate foundation on which faith can rest in these promises is the unchangeable truth of God. The suppliant at God's throne is surrounded by Divine realities. For if saving faith grows out of spiritual influence, it will follow that the presence of that spiritual influence is necessary, in order to the exercise of faith; and one of the great reasons why our faith is so feeble — why we are rather shut up in the darkness of unbelief so often — is, that we do not lay our hearts open to that spiritual influence which is promised and which is vouchsafed to us. 17:3-4. c. It will lead to the discovery of error, the detection of sophistry, the avoidance of unscriptural teaching, however specious it may be. THE REASONS WHICH RENDER THIS PRAYER SUITABLE TO ALL CHRISTIANS. Nor is there a spot on earth where the tendencies of the heart to depart from God are more effectually counteracted, and where the soul comes in more direct contact with the objects of faith, than the closet. Dixon, D. D.)Increased faith the strength of peace principlesC. This is my prayer for all of us—“Lord, increase our faith.” Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. 2. B. And let me, thirdly and finally, remark that the accidents to which our religious feelings and experience may be exposed, in this state of probation and trial, may tend to weaken faith, and make the prayer of the text necessary — "Lord, increase our faith!" WE NEED A STRONGER FAITH TO PREPARE US FOR THE UNKNOWN FUTURE. Meditate on the power, wisdom, and goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. It must be begun in that character, which is the only true appropriate preparation for the services and joys of heaven. 4. From its effects. The influence of faith on our life and conduct renders this prayer peculiarly suitable and ira. For instance, Abraham, the father of the faithful and the friend of God, dwelling in patriarchal simplicity in the bosom of a happy family — in sweet, hallowed, and sublime communion with God, having received the accomplishment of the covenant blessings promised to him at various times and in various circumstances; and Abraham, offering his son Isaac, appears in very different circumstances. This appears —1. Its influences under dark and trying providences — Nothing but faith can sustain us under them (Psalm 97:2). This prayer might in some measure be answered at the time, but was more especially so after our Lord's ascension. Love can make the feet move more swiftly, but faith is the foot which carries the soul. I gentle? 2:12-13. I never can do it in the world." No one, then, who has been trying to overcome his faults, need despair.(H. Each believer is in different states of belief, at different periods of his own life. It is not yesterday's battle that will save me to-day; I must be going onwards.1. Faith increases our confidence in Jesus, so that we shall not suspect Him of setting us an impracticable task.2. The responsibility to not be a stumbling block (by not forgiving those who sin against us) is a true test of our faith, Lk.