A man in the crowd called out to Jesus for help, his son was possessed with a spirit that robbed him of his speech. Whenever this spirit seized the boy it threw him to the ground. The boy would foam at the mouth, gnash his teeth and become rigid because of this evil spirit. Jesus asked for the boy to be brought to Him and when the spirit saw Him it immediately sent the boy into convulsions. Jesus asked the father how long had this been going on and the father replied, since childhood and often the spirit had thrown the boy into the fire and the water in an attempt to kill him.
The father said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Jesus commanded the spirit to come out of the boy and to never enter him again and the boy was healed. (Mark 9:14-27)
Many of us believe but often it’s our unbelief that keeps us from God’s blessings. We know it’s there, we try to deny it and pretend it’s not there. We try to hide it from ourselves and from God too, not knowing that God is a God who loves us flaws and all. God is a God who honors those who come to him in honesty and truth (John 4:23-24). The book of psalms said it well when it said, “you desire truth in the inner parts.” (Psalm 51:6) God who is, “the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrew 12:2) is a God who wants to strengthen our belief and help us overcome our unbelief so that our faith may be complete in Him. So today I encourage you to bring every part of yourself to God, bring all of your faith, bring to Him your belief and unbelief, humbly come before your merciful King, flaws and all; give Him that honest prayer.
Father God we come to you flaws and all, we come to you with a humble an honest heart. We believe in you Father, we believe in your will and your works, it is our unbelief we struggle with from time to time. Merciful God help us overcome our unbelief so that we may be complete in you. Amen.
Written by Afiya Duncanson