When we read the Gospels, we come across all sorts of people who go to Jesus looking for something: things like healing, a fair judgment for some way in which they have been wronged, or how to find meaning in their lives. Things are no different today: we often go to Jesus looking for things as well. In Mark 9, we meet a man who asks Jesus to heal his Son… and Jesus tells him that “everything is possible to one who has faith” (Mark 9:23).
He replies, in beautiful simplicity:
“I do believe, help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24
Those six simple words are among the most honest and (I believe) the most faith-filled prayers ever spoken. I hear similar words from teens I serve when they tell me: “If Jesus did today for me what He did then, I would believe.” It’s not as poetic and it reflects a little more skepticism, but it can become an honest prayer. The answer to these sorts of prayers is found today as it was 2,000 years ago: in God. [Read more…] about I do believe, help my unbelief!