You know you aren’t supposed to go into any full blown exercise or workout without doing a warm up first. Your muscles need to ease into it. The best way to do this is with a series of slow stretches for the muscles which will be called upon. If this is done first, they are much more accommodating when they are being asked to give their all.
Faith works the same way. We need to slowly stretch our faith muscles before we ever “say to a mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'” (Luke 17:6) I remember one of my earliest faith stretches. As a brand new believer I was sitting and reading my Bible and praying. A dog was barking outside in the background. No big deal. But as time went on it was a big deal-he didn’t stop after more than an hour.
I happened upon this passage which starts by saying “If you had faith like a mustard seed” and I thought that was just about as big as my level was at the time. “Why don’t I take this faith thing out for a spin?” I said to myself. So I quietly said out loud; “In the name of Jesus, stop barking.” It continued. I said it again with authority and resolve. There was a hesitation between barks and that egged me on. One more time I made my declaration in Jesus name and finally there was complete silence – barking ceased.
Start exercising your faith but don’t expect to move mountains right at first. That will come later – after the s-t-r-e-t-c-h.