I believe, help me overcome my unbelief.

In Mark, chapter 9, a man whose son was demon possessed came to Jesus for help..
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “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.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
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.” Mark 9:21-24
Even those of us who fully believe that God hears our cries for help and have the faith to believe that He will answer struggle from time to time with unbelief, especially when we have prayed for something for a long time, but have not yet seen God working in the situation. Notice, however, that Jesus did not rebuke the man for the bit of unbelief. Instead, He brought the answer the man had sought for so long.

Don’t be dismayed if a little bit of doubt or unbelief sneaks it’s way into your prayers from time to time. We are human and God understands that. Just declare as this man did...”Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Keep praying, keep standing strong on God’s promises, keep reaffirming your trust and faith in the Lord and soon you will see Him move on your behalf.

Lord, help us to stand especially strong when my prayers have not been answered. Help us to not lose heart, but rather, to continue to grow in faith. I believe that you hear and answer prayer, but I need you to help me in those moments of doubt. Help me to recall past answered prayer, to remember your promises and to thank you in advance for the way you will answer the current cries of my heart. Amen

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Anonymous said...

I too, had struggle with unbeleif even though I have faith. It was revealed to me that unbelief is present when we: 1. FEAR (God's word will not come to pass) 2. CARE, (carry cares), and, 3. WORRY (meditate/think on it all the time. To remove these 3 begin to FOCUS on God's promises of provision and deliverance.

Jan Christiansen said...

Great advice! This makes it easy to remember. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for methods of overcoming unbelief. Yesterday I realized that THIS is my problem. I don't have problem with faith, but with unbelief. Many bad things happened to me in the past. I lost trust in people. I'm very nervous ,anxious, fearful. I know God loves me, but sometimes I'm paralyzed with fear, that something bad is going to happen again. I when I say bad it means...really bad. The first post has given me some insight. I'll try this method!

Jan Christiansen said...

Thank you for stopping by Refreshed by the Word and for taking the time to leave your comment. It's natural to be fearful when you have gone through some really hard times. We are human and that's a natural reaction, however, God still wants us to trust Him. You know who doesn't want us to trust God? Satan. He would rather keep you frozen in fear by whispering that something bad is going to happen any day, now.

The best way to combat Satan's lies is to proclaim your faith and trust in God. Saturate yourself in God's word, for it is truth and when the enemy speaks lies, you speak God's truths, like 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." and Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

I will be praying for you, my friend - that God takes away your unbelief as you proclaim your belief and trust in him.