“Everything is possible to the one who believes.” -Mark 9:23
I don’t know about you, but no matter how long I’ve been a Christian, I still have moments of doubt. I had moments when I said a prayer about my deepest need, but still kept worrying about it. Times when I read a verse from the Bible like Philippians 4:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:7 that assures us not to be anxious but instead pray, and cast our cares to Jesus because He cares for us. They sound very comforting to me as I read those verses again and again. But I learned that just reading even memorizing the Scripture without believing completely what it says is not a complete trust.
How do we develop trust?
Mark 9:17-24 was a story of a father who asked Jesus to heal his son who was demon possessed. The father asked Jesus, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus answered: “If you can? Everything is possible to the one who believes.” What the father did after that astounded me. Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
What I learned from this story is that I can pour out my heart to God and be really honest about it. This has been my prayer to God to help me trust Him completely, and remove any trace of doubt in my heart.
How do we develop trust in God? How do we develop trust in a person? Trust is not possible without close relationship. Honest communication plays a great part in any relationship. Prayer plays a major part in my communication with God. Not a kind of rush “thank you God” or “help me God” kind of prayer that is so casual like saying, “Okay, I said my prayer, I’m done!.” It’s those times when I humbly say to God, “Lord, I can’t do this, but I know You can. Help me.” Or “I don’t understand why that’s happening Lord to that godly person, but I know You do. Please grant grace and mercy to this person, Lord.”
We can’t completely trust without humility, without burying our pride and self-centeredness but surrendering to the Mighty Hand of God whose thoughts are not our thoughts and whose ways are not our ways. When we trust God with all our hearts and not lean on our own limited understanding,He will show us the way.
My prayer is that no matter what we’re going through right now, trust that God knows what He’s doing, He has the power to do it, and He’s trustworthy enough to do what others can’t.
I prayed that prayer just yesterday, "help my unbelief." God is breaking us through to a deeper level of trust, increasing our faith and bringing us through to the other side. God is in even the hard times and uses them for His glory to bring about His purpose. Thanks for the reminders. Love you!
Gloria, your message comes at such an appropriate time. There are so many needs in the world and people are hurting in so many ways that it becomes overwhelming. It also becomes very difficult to know how to pray. Thank you for reminding us to grow closer to the Lord and seek His help as we pray. He knows where we fall short and where we need Him... we just have to admit it to Him and allow Him to work. I also say, "Lord, help my disbelief!" Love, Peggy