Lord I believe in your promises but the unknown of tomorrow tries to wrap my heart in fear. So, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief (Mark 9:24).
There is this story of a desperate father who brings his son to be healed. The boy had been demon possessed since he was young.
He says to Jesus; ” …if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
(Mark 9:22-24 NKJV)
The word compassion is such a meaningful word. It means not just to feel sorry for someone but to be moved to action because of it.
There are times, though I know and believe, the promise of God from Scripture it can be hard to believe.
I can come up with lots of reasons why I can find it hard to stand in faith in these times. I think it all comes down to where this father found himself, desperate. Desperate for help, desperate for hope.
Jesus says “if you can believe, all things are possible..”
Nothing is impossible for our God! (Matthew 19:26) Here we see the miracle but that isn’t always how God answers us. I’ve seen miracles and I’ve gotten the test results I prayed not to get.
I’ve cried “God, I can’t do all this…”
I’m right when I say I can’t do this. I can’t, not alone. But God promises; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13). But it is only through Christ only as I abide in Him do I have the strength to do all I need to do (John 15:5). It is not my strength at all but His in me.
With that in mind I pray, “Lord, I believe!” But where my faith is lacking “help my unbelief”.
Faith isn’t a feeling but a choice to trust in the Truth of the Word of God. Today I am choosing to TRUST.
Father, thank you that you know I am but dust. So, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. As I learn to trust you more, as I learn to trust you deeper. Thank you that you do not leave me but My God you walk with me. ~Amen.