My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, March 2, 2012
Help my unbelief!
Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
(Mark 9:24 NASB)
And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”
(Mark 9:29 NASB)
Jesus was asked to heal a boy who was suffering terribly. His
condition was destroying his life. The father, in desperation asked
Jesus to heal his son. Jesus told him that he had to believe and I find
the response of the father probably quite similar to something we may
say. " Oh yes, I do believe -- well, sort of. Okay, maybe not totally.
You're probably right that I don't have a lot of faith. Oh Lord, I
want to believe that you can heal my son. Please, help my unbelief!"
The final tag of that story is that the disciples wanted to
understand how Jesus could help this boy. Why could they not help him.
Jesus reminded them that it was only possible through prayer. We see
that Jesus often took off by himself to pray and to be with the father.
The disciples kept their distance and would let Jesus pray, but they
themselves usually did not. It is not until they await Pentecost that
we see the disciples engaging in any type of meaningful prayer life.
And, amazingly, it is after Pentecost that they too are able to perform
I'm thinking there is a lot of thinking space that happens in that
one little sentence, "I do believe; help my unbelief." I think that
this one sentence probably defines some of my walk with the Lord as
well. I want so badly to have faith. I want to believe in his
transforming power to make a real and vital difference. The Lord asks
us whether we believe and we blurt out -- "Yes, of course, we believe."
But do we. In that instant the doubts begin to arise. Can God really
do what he promises? Have I seen him do anything miraculous? Maybe I
ought to ask someone else for advice? Maybe God wants to work through
someone else? There's a huge amount of doubt which does enter into our
lives when he asks us to simply trust in him. How can we deal with this
doubt? The same way that Jesus was able to heal the boy -- through
prayer. The two are related. The faith to believe that God can do the
work, and the ability to do he work both are connected to prayer.
People complain that we no longer see many miracles in this day and
age. Why is that? Maybe we need to cry out with the father of the boy
-- "Help my unbelief!" And then, maybe we need to retreat to a place of
solitude and spend time in prayer, in fellowship with our holy loving
Father. I want to be a person of greater faith. My heart's cry today
is, "Help my unbelief!"
Lord, may I seek you in quiet fellowship today and may you, please, help my unbelief.