Praying with Jesus: I Believe. Help My Unbelief

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24

These are the words of a father desperate for his demon-possessed son to be made well. He had just watched the disciples fail time after time for hours trying to drive out the demon and now Jesus was there.

His belief was waning, but now Jesus, Himself, was there and Jesus asked the boy’s father if he believed. He wanted to. He really wanted his son to be healed, but he also had serious doubts.

I love the father’s honesty. He didn’t try to fake it and say that of course he believed. He also didn’t just accept his doubts. He asked Jesus to help him overcome his doubts and unbelief.

Sometimes when we pray, we have doubts about whether God can or will help. We don’t need to try to fake it with God…it wouldn’t work anyway. We can ask God to help us to believe and overcome our doubts. God doesn’t despise those who have to ask for help believing. Rather, He helps us to overcome our unbelief.

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I struggle to believe. I doubt You are listening. I doubt You can help the problem or maybe You just won’t. Help me to believe. Help me to overcome my doubts. Thank You that I can come to You even with these kinds of struggles and know that You listen and respond with grace and mercy.


In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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