They didn't ask Jesus to increase their faith to follow Him.
They didn't ask Jesus to increase their faith when asked to leave everything behind.
They didn't ask Jesus to increase their faith as they dealt with persecution.
The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith when He told them they had to forgive 70 times a day if someone repented of sinning against them. This is the one stumbling block that they knew they really needed help.
Why? It is found in the daily routine of life. You know those moments of thoughtless spoken words as you go about your day that can build up and grow barriers that will hinder our ability to serve one another.
Are you willing to say, "Hey, that hurt." in such a way that it causes a heart to recognize their words were off or unkind? So they repent and apologize.
Are we willing to receive rebukes and apologize without fighting back and throwing lashes?
Sometimes, I get this. Other times not so much. I like it better when my heart rests in forgiveness. Don't you?
Crying out today, "LORD, increase my faith!" I am longing for that mustard seed that can uproot a messy mulberry tree.