Unbelief While Believing
Have you ever doubted the faithfulness, existence, and promises of God? Well, you’re not alone. We all have. Even Jesus’ own disciples struggled with this.
In the Gospel of Mark, we meet a father seeking the healing of his young son who is oppressed by an unclean spirit. When the father cannot get to Jesus, goes to Jesus’ disciples to heal his little boy. However, they are unable to do so. Why? Mark says that it is because of their faithlessness and lack of prayer (Mark 4:19, 23).
The father eventually makes his way to Jesus with his son and asks for deliverance. This exchange happened between them:
Mark 9 : 23,24
“And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Jesus knew that the father was seeking him solely for his miraculous powers, so He calls him out on his lack of faith. Ouch!
Don’t Be Like The Dad
How are we like that little boy’s father? We seek Christ to help us, heal us, or provide for us, but don’t wholeheartedly trust He is going to do it. It’s like praying for rain and leaving the house without an umbrella.
Faith can be stronger at times, and weaker at other times. Matthew 6:30,17:20, and Mark 9:24 discuss having “little faith”. Those verses imply a deficiency, not an absence of faith.
Why did Jesus tell the disciples that they were unable to deliver the spirit from the little boy due to their lack of prayer (Mark 9:29)? Just like their deficiency of faith, they were low in the prayer department. Increased prayer equals a closer relationship with The Lord, which leads to growth in faith.
Prayer = Fellowships with God = Heightened faith
Be More Like Jesus
Remember how Peter denied knowing Jesus three times? Well, before that even happened in Luke 22:31-32, Jesus prays for Peter’s faith to be sustained through his sin, because Jesus knows that God is the one who can carry our faith.
When you find yourself lacking trust in the Father, stop what you’re doing and pray. Seek God to give you more faith. He is faithful to do so.