Lord I believe, help my unbelief

December 20th, 2010

In Mark chapter nine there is an interesting passage about a man who brings his demon possessed son to Jesus for healing. He had previously taken him to the Disciples but they were unable to help (v18).

In verse 22 the man says to Jesus, “…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” To this Jesus responds, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (v23).

I really love the fathers honest answer. He says, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”. You can almost hear him saying, “I believe, but I am, well, umh, not really sure if You will heal him. After all I took him to the Disciples and they couldn’t help”.

The father’s faith was far from perfect, but he still asked Jesus for help. His faith was still mixed with unbelief, to which he asked Jesus to help him with that too.

I find this a good thing to ask Jesus for – helping us in our unbelief. All of us have times when we are 100% rock solid in our faith and belief that Jesus can do anything. However, at times and through life’s circumstances we sometimes lose sight of this.

In these times we need to hold firm and ask Jesus for what we need and also ask Him to help us in our unbelief. I know from experience that when I waiver or I am fearful that this type of prayer really helps. It is not long before my faith is 100% rock solid again.

If you are trusting Jesus for help in your current situation at the moment, why not tell Jesus that you believe and ask for help with your unbelief too.

God Bless,

Dave