Help My Unbelief

“Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:22-24 (NLT)

How many times do I question God? I come up against a wall, and I start to doubt. At first, it seems like it is a doubt of God’s ability. I am like the person in today’s verse, “Have mercy on us and help us if you can.” But do I really doubt His power? I believe in a God who can. I have read the Bible. I have read the accounts of God doing the miraculous. So, what do I doubt? If I am honest, I have to admit that I doubt God’s desire to help me. I suspect the depth and power of God’s love. The father was asking for mercy. He knew that God had the ability to be merciful. Perhaps what he was really asking was, “Be merciful if you can find it in your heart to do it.” It was more a question of God’s will than His ability. And I wonder which a more significant offense to God is? That I doubt His power or I doubt His desire? I seem to doubt God’s love for me more than I do His ability to do great and mighty things. Either way, I find myself in conflict and must cry out to God, saying the same thing the father did, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Today, might we search our hearts and believe both in God’s ability and desire.

Father, I believe but help my unbelief. Teach me more about You and Your great heart and desire so I can believe You for great and mighty things.


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