Lord, Help My Unbelief :: Mentoring Moment

help my unbelief

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

I love how honest the scripture is.  Stories of men and women who were not perfect.  Men and women like me and you who need a Saviour!

I have always loved this story of the dad who is desperate to believe and yet can’t quite get there and then just blurts out what we are all thinking.

 “Lord, Help my unbelief!”

Here is the story in Mark 9:17-25

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”

Thank you, Lord for including this story in the scripture for the rest of us who can’t quite get there.  I am thankful for the example to just say it.

Help me, Lord.  I want to believe, but I need help.  And then I need to stand back and watch Him work.  I need to trust and believe and wait.

Lord, help my unbelief!

How many times I have said this?  When things weren’t going so well.

When things hurt. When I was scared about my children or my life or my world.  I wanted to trust and believe, but I needed to say, Help!  Help me get there.  I can’t do it on my own.

So, today, what do you need to ask for help in believing?  That you can make it the end of the Mommy Marathon in one piece? That your kids are going to turn out ok?  Your marriage is going to make it?  You are going to make it?

Just ask Him to supply the belief.  Thank you, Lord, for this SURSEE.



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