Friday, March 2, 2018 By Jenna Buchanan
Mark 9: 24: … I believe; help my unbelief.
This passage came to mind recently as my husband and I were praying together for a family member to come to know the Lord. As we were praying I felt conviction in my heart to confess that I wasn't fully believing what I was pleading for God to do. There was even a small part of me holding on to the hope that maybe I could even do something.
"'But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us!' 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!'" Mark 9:22-24
"I believe; help my unbelief" is actually a prayer in and of itself. It says, "I fall short and I understand that my faith is not enough, but I surrender to the power of Jesus Christ to be enough." This is a prayer that shows a heart of humility and vulnerability; a heart that understands the gospel message at it's core.
The beauty in this confession of the father in Mark 9 is that even in his disbelief, he shows faith by bringing himself to the feet of Jesus. Even in his disbelief, he believes Jesus can and will still move. Even in our disbelief, we believe that Jesus is greater- that Christ's power is not dependent on the amount of faith that we have. But that the Lord delights in His children crying out to Him and acknowledging our need for Him. The man doesn't try to hide or mask his doubts, like I often do, but he acknowledges them and offers his disbelief up to Jesus in helpless surrender.
His prayer can be rephrased, "Despite myself, Lord, move." The gospel allows room for failure and weakness and it's so beautiful that Jesus meets us exactly where we are, in the midst of our unbelief.