There’s been a couple of things I have been praying about and have been trying to determine God’s direction. As I was reading in my YouVersion reading plan a few days ago, I came across an interesting passage in Mark 9.
A man brought his son to Jesus. The problem – the boy was possessed by an evil spirit. A bigger problem – the disciples tried to get rid of the spirit, but couldn’t.
The father is brought to Jesus and He asks the father how long the spirit has tormented the boy. The father answers the question and then says, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
Jesus responds, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Then the father makes a great request of Jesus: “I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”
I think all of us have those “if” moments. In our head we know that God is bigger than whatever it is we are facing. He sees more, He knows more, He can look beyond the current situation and can see what is yet to come. We know it in our head; but we don’t always feel it. Our current circumstances and the emotions they stir up can over shadow the truth we know in our head. It is in those moments we may need to repeat the words of this distraught dad – “help me overcome my unbelief.”
After Jesus heals the boy, the disciples come to Him privately and ask why they couldn’t get rid of the spirit. Jesus said, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
Perhaps we need to recognize our continued need to keep our struggles before God in prayer so that He can do what only He can do and we can get the help we need to overcome unbelief.