HELP MY UNBELIEF
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief! Mark 9:24
No shame, no pretense, no hiding from his faith problem. In the face of his son’s deep anguish, a father owns his fractured faith and turns unabashedly to Jesus for help only He can give.
How long has your son been tormented like this? Jesus asks.
Since childhood. It tries over and over to kill him by throwing him into fire or water, but please, if you’re able to do something, anything—have compassion on us and help us!
God, if you can . . .
If you are willing . . .
If you are who you say you are . . .
“If” is the starting point for so many of our little-faith prayers.
The church today is filled with people who vacillate between belief and unbelief. But the real problem is, we don’t see it. We don’t own our unbelief. Nor do we turn from torment and desperation to the remedy that Jesus has given us. Blind to unbelief, we think this is actually normal!
Caught in this cycle of unbelief, the famine comes . . .
Not a famine of bread or water but of hearing, understanding and fully perceiving the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11
Daily feasting on the word of God breaks the famine of the faith-starved heart.
Prayer without faith is powerless. But Help my unbelief is not a powerless prayer.
It cries, Take this from me, Lord! Forgive it. Transform it. Release me to believe.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Where are you experiencing hunger, thirst or famine for more of Jesus in your life?
If there is more to faith-life in Christ than you are experiencing, how bad do you want it?
Are you willing to feed on the Word until it becomes a feast to your soul?
Cry out to Jesus, Help my unbelief! Then watch the ashes turn to embers, and the embers turn to flames.