We often have little faith in prayer as a power in real life.
We do not embrace cordially, in feeling as well as in theory,
The concept of prayer that it is literally,
That prayer is actually, positively & effectually,
our only means of power is often difficult to accept
“If we think of our network of beliefs as a vast Excel spreadsheet
Where each individual cell holding a single statement that we either agree with or not,
then this means that there are no degrees of faith.
You cannot have 10%, 50%, 90%, or even 99% faith.
Each individual belief on the spreadsheet of faith is either “On” or “Off.”
The terms “Great faith” & “Little faith” simply mean this:
Some truths are easy to believe while others are difficult.
If we believe something that is difficult to believe, then we have great faith.
If we do not believe something that is relatively easy to believe, then we have little faith.
Since faith is the conviction or persuasion that something is true,
If we have little faith we have not been persuaded or convinced of even the basic truths,
If we have great faith we been persuaded or convinced of some of the hard & difficult truths
which few people come to believe.
We do not have faith containers in our souls which overflow when our faith is great,
but are nearly empty when our faith is little. Faith does not work like that.
Great faith & little faith have nothing to do with the size, amount, or degree of faith.
Rather, the terms “great faith” and “little faith” describe the difficulty of the truths that are believed.
When we fail to believe even some of the simple or easy truths,
this means that some of the basic, fundamental cells in our network of beliefs are turned “Off.”
Since we do not believe these simple truths, vast segments of their spreadsheet are also turned “Off.”
There are truths in Scripture, life, & theology that are hard to believe,
If we have great faith we believe them.
Such ideas often take great thought, insight, understanding, research, investigation,
or deep spiritual experiences in order to believe them.
When we come to believe these things, we believe something that few others believe,
and can therefore be described as having great faith.
Vast segments of our spreadsheet of beliefs are lit up with the light of the truth of God.”