Monday, April 22, 2024

Help Me with My Unbelief


What is it you are asking God for?  Healing? Financial relief? A broken relationship?  In Mark 9, we read about the father of a boy possessed by an evil spirit.  The father was hoping Jesus could heal his son.  He said to him in verse 23, “…if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”  Jesus’s reply stopped me in my tracks when I recently read this story, He repeated the man’s statement back to him “if you can”?  You can almost hear the incredulity in His voice.  Here is the Son of God and the man isn’t sure He can take care of his need.


Mark 9:23b-24 – Everything is possible for the one who believes. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Things to think about:

·       “Help me overcome by unbelief” – what an interesting statement.  He says he believes but also asks for help with his unbelief.

o   It’s like saying I have some gas in the tank but not a full tank.

·       I find that I’m not so different as this desperate father.  I definitely believe but I know I need help to believe to the full measure.

o   Maybe you feel this way sometimes too?

·       If we can equate belief with faith, let’s look at Hebrews 11:1

o   “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”

§  Sure and certain – this isn’t wishing, this is calling on the Holy One of Heaven

o   You already know some of the examples cited in Hebrews 11, the Hall of Faith chapter.

§  Heb. 11:7 – “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” 

§  Heb. 11:8 – “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”

·       In James 2:18 – “…Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

o   Our deeds are our faith in action.  We have to walk the talk even when it’s scary and into the unknown.

·       Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

·       Are you struggling to believe, really believe, that God will answer your prayer?

o   Ask for help with your unbelief

o   Believe earnestly (i.e., sincerely)

o   Commit to the path of what God is calling you into (walk in faith)


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