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I do believe, help my unbelief!

I do believe, help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24)

He had brought his son to Jesus, the healer and the wonder-worker. It was his last hope. But Jesus wasnít there, only some of his disciples. No matter. Surely they could help. But noótheir prayers had no effect. The scribes mocked them; the disciples became frustrated. And still his son suffered. The man felt defeated.

Just then, Jesus came down from the mountain. The fatherís heart began to lift as Jesus asked him to bring the boy to him. With a mixture of fear, discouragement, and hope, he cried out, ďI do believe, help my unbelief!Ē (Mark 9:24).

This is what faith looks like. It isnít always picture-perfect. Itís honest, and it asks God for the help and strength we donít have. That makes this fatherís prayer a good one for us to adopt today.

ďLord, I do believe; help my unbelief! I admit it; I am weak. I wish my faith were stronger. I wish I were better at trusting you, better at obeying you. Still, I want to approach you honestly, not as I think I should be, but as I am.

ďI do believe, Lord! I know you have helped me in the past. Every time I feel a tug on my heart to pray for someone, itís because of the faith youíve given me. Every time I try to look for your help with a problem, Iím exercising that gift of faith. But this situation right here? This one isnít as easy.

ďLord, I know that I will face something today that will challenge me. I might waver when you donít seem to be answering my prayers. I might worry about the future and start to doubt that you really will stick with me. I might fall into the trap of thinking I donít need you if things are going well today. I donít want these things to stop me. Help me to keep reaching out to you.

ďLord, help my unbelief! When my prayers arenít answered the way I expect, help me to hang on. When new issues arise unexpectedly, increase my faith. When the day is peaceful and prosperous, keep me close to you. Lord, I do believe!

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