The greater the faith, the easier it is to exercise it. Think about that. With great faith, there is no need to bother with worry; your great faith keeps you from having to. With great faith, it is easy to believe. I am not talking about great leaps of faith. No a great faith must be in something that is dependable and sure. Does this not describe God?
Weak faith is hard. There is doubt and struggle. It seems as if you have to bolster it with determination and mustering. Who wants that?
Willard reminds us of the story about the Centurion who went to Jesus to ask him to heal his servant who was near death with sickness. Jesus was ready to go to his house to heal the servant when the Centurion spoke like this:
Luke 7:6-8 (NKJV)
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
Jesus marveled at this man's faith saying verse 9 "I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"
Why did Jesus consider this man's faith as great? It was because of the ease with which he believed that Jesus could heal from a distance by just speaking a word.
Of course, Willard's point is to point out the power of words and how that relates to the better desire to hear words from God and not just receive visions. Words created the universe. Words can build up and words can destroy. Because of the power of words, "that still small voice" of God is what we want to hear.