Lord, Help My Unfaithfulness!

Mark 9:14-29 shares a account of a father who takes his demon possessed son to Jesus for a healing. At one point, the man says to Jesus, "But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us" (Mark 9:22b, ESV).  In the next verse Jesus responds, "If you can! All things are possible for one who believes." And we are left with a picture of doubt and hope.

Prayer, at times, might also look like an act of doubt and hope.  At times, as we pray, we may find ourselves wondering, "God, if you hear me. . . "  What a statement!  Based on the picture in Mark, I suspect God's response is "If I hear you!"  But the amazing statement from the man with the demon possessed son should be our model in these moments of doubt in prayer.  That man responded, "I believe, help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24b, ESV).

In our moments of doubt in prayer, we should cry out in prayer, "God, I have faith, help my lack of faith!"