So, today I want to say a prayer for those struggling with unbelief; For those who struggle with who God says he is and what he’s already done; for those who struggle with simply trusting Him… You know, and this is not a onetime prayer! We all need to ask God to strengthen our faith whenever we come into a situation that we’ve never been in before, or when there’s something we’re faced with that continues to contradict God’s word. I even suggest asking God to strengthen our faith even as we’re growing in Him. We all need a greater level of faith as we grow in God!
Often times when my faith is being challenged, I’m reminded of a story in the bible when a man from a crowd of people came to Jesus and asked him to heal his son who was, as, Scripture says, “a mute spirit” and wherever it seized him, it threw him down, causing him to foam at the mouth, gnash his teeth, and becomes stiff, often throwing himself into fire and water. Being frustrated with his disciples who had tried to cast out the demon before Jesus came, He said, to them, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” The child came and threw himself at Jesus and began doing exactly what his father says he did. Then Jesus began to question the father about his son’s issues. Afterwards, the man said, “…if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” And immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
One commentary lets us know that, although Jesus was frustrated with the unbelieving and unresponsive generation of that time, his purpose was to encourage his disciples to a greater level of faith.
Are you in a situation in your life where you feel weak and powerless against what’s going on? Are you facing a mountain that seems impossible to climb? Are you in a season of your life where you have faith to believe God, but you are also struggling with unbelief? Are you like Peter who had the faith to trust God while walking on water, then you became intimidated by the very thing you once mastered, and as you looked down to find yourself doing something others have told you was impossible, you now are beginning to sink? If this is you,
Pray this Simple Prayer:
Father, I know that you are the one who has given me this measure of faith, so I will trust you to strengthen the faith I already have to help me overcome this trial in my life. Just like Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith may not fail (Luke 22:31–32), Father, please do not let my faith fail but keep my faith sustained. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation! I acknowledge that without you I cannot believe as I ought to. Help my unbelief.
In Jesus name,
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