I believe; help my unbelief. Is this statement a contradiction? I don’t think so. I can SO totally relate, can’t you? Have there been times you have felt this way?

And Jesus said to him, “’If you can’? All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”Mark 9:23-24

A father brought his son who was possessed by a spirit to Jesus for healing. He said to Jesus, “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus, responded incredulously, “If I can?” He then said that what is needed from us – belief. Jesus said that everything – not certain things, not some things – everything is possible for one who believes. You can just hear the man’s desperation and honesty with his reply – “I do believe; help my unbelief!”

Belief. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to this earth to save me, and all who believe, from a life lived separated from him. I believe that even though Jesus was sinless and perfect, he chose to die in our place for our sins and he then rose from the dead. He is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. He is alive. Yes, I believe he has saved me. I have asked him to come into my heart – to be lord of my life. I believe that I am now in him as he is in me.

Now – I know that because I believe this, I am saved – and I will go to heaven. It is nothing that I did, but rather because I believe. I know this in my head. Yet, in my heart, just as with the boy’s father in Mark 9:24, I also have unbelief. Can’t you understand and relate to this dad’s remark? I am so thankful it is in the Bible. The honesty.

I love how the Bible shares the good and the bad. Otherwise, I’d question my beliefs and thoughts. I would think I could never measure up or be good enough. I would think something must be wrong or I wasn’t doing it right. (Ok, it’s that great self-negative thinking again!) But seriously, aren’t you glad the Bible shows the humanness of everyone!?

My Prayer:

Lord, we do believe and YES, please help our unbelief!! We do so want to grow to where we have less and less of the unbelief. For me, I want to know – I mean know – in my head and in my everyday walk that you are with me and you are available and want to help. Even more than that – I want to be so in tune with you that it’s not a matter of me calling for help – but me just wanting to talk with you and to know you better.

But, sometimes that is just so hard to do when we are hurting. I know I’m still hurting so – missing mom and trying to figure out what is all in store with dad – and that scares me. But that’s just it, isn’t it! I’m to quit trying to figure it out – that’s your department. I’m to focus on you.

Certainly that must be the case for many people. Help us to come to you – to take our focus off of ourselves and our circumstances (as hard as that is to do) – and to focus on you. By focusing on you – by seeking and learning more about you – may our unbelief, and self-negative thinking lessen! So, yes Lord – I do believe; help my unbelief! Amen.