Doubt is something that we all face at one time or another. It comes up in our relationships, families, and finances, but we must look at doubt through the lens of faith. No matter what that inner critic or the enemy has to say about you, your position, or your family, we have to let faith take root in our hearts and drown out the lies. Doubt is not something that we are destined to stay or linger in. We, as believers, are meant to walk with faith in our hearts and God at our sides through those valleys. I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. Thankfully, there is a prayer found in scripture that can help us when we can’t see through to the other side.
In Mark 9 we see a father approach Jesus and ask for healing on behalf of his possessed son. In what, I would like to think, was an attempt at being modest, the father asks Jesus, “If you can do anything…” Jesus stopped on that very first word “if.” In that one word, Jesus was able to sense doubt, and He tells the Father, “All things are possible for the one who believes.” The father immediately cries out, saying, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” Then Jesus healed the boy.
Help my unbelief.
This passage shows us that it’s normal to have moments of uncertainty. This story also teaches us that we can bring that uncertainty, that unbelief, that doubt to the feet of Jesus and He will turn it around. He can work with it if we are willing to submit it to Him. Are you willing to submit your doubt to the Lord? Can you bring Him into the fog and ask Him to shine a light? It takes courage to do this, but know that we serve a faithful God. If he helped that father’s unbelief, why wouldn’t He help yours? I encourage you to take a moment now to ask God to search your heart, have Him highlight the areas where you are walking in doubt, submit those instances to Him, and ask Him to help your unbelief.