So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But 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!”
Do you ever get discouraged and overwhelmed by what you are facing and just cry out to God? Is there a part of you that believes God will answer, but another part of you questions whether there really is a God and if He cares?
I remember when my granny was coming to the end of her life. She had been a strong believer for many years. She never missed church, and as a guest in her home you didn’t either. She lived a life devoted to God, but as cancer ate away at her body I asked her, “Granny are you going to heaven?” She responded, “I hope so.” Her response baffled me. How could this woman of faith not respond with calm assurance, “I am”? I wondered if Granny felt much like the man in our Bible reading today, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
There may be situations you are facing right now that are causing you stress and anxiety. Cry out as this man did and ask the Father to help you to believe. He will. Then hold on to the truths you know from God’s word and walk in faith. The Bible says God cannot lie. (Hebrews 6:18) Jesus says of Himself, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6) You can believe!
If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, confess right now that you are a sinner, you need Him to forgive you and come into your heart. This is where you begin. Then study the Word for yourself and hold onto the promises you find there. This father did not have all of the answers, but he turned to the One who did. Turn to Jesus, believe Him and see Him do amazing things.
Pray today for those who are struggling in their faith that they can believe. Pray that your faith will be an encouragement to others so that they too will believe.