Help my unbelief is the most honest prayer a Christian can pray. Much of the anxieties and frustrations in our lives could be avoided if only we could believe the word of God.
Key scripture verse for “Help my unbelief”
Mark 9:17-24 – One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. And whenever the spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.” Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth. “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, “Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘if I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I believe, help my unbelief”. NLT
Belief is not belief unless you act like what you say you believe. Until then, it is just knowledge. It is knowledge of the truth indeed, but still, it is just knowledge. And knowledge of God’s word does not get you results. Belief does.
Examples of “Help my unbelief”
God’s word says, “He will never leave you nor forsake you”. (Deut 31:8, Hebrews 13:5). Do you believe that, or do you know that? Just knowing it will not set you free from loneliness and depression. Believing it will. Therefore, help my unbelief.
God’s word says, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36). Do you believe that, or do you know that? Just knowing it will not set you free from sinful habits, bondages, and addictions. Believing it will set you free. Therefore, help my unbelief.
God’s word says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory” (Phil 4:19). Do you believe that, or do you know that? Just knowing it will not make you content, satisfied, abundantly supplied, and generous. Believing it will. Therefore, help my unbelief.
God’s word says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Do you believe that, or do you know that? Just knowing it will not remove guilt and self-condemnation. Believing it will set you free. Therefore, help my unbelief.
God’s word says, “He has given us ALL things pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Do you believe that, or do you know that? Just knowing it will not make a difference in your life, but believing it will cause you to walk in confidence. Therefore, help my unbelief.
I am sure you get the point. The words in the bible are God’s word. It really is. Do you seriously believe that? If yes, then you must be sure that God’s word is truth, and He cannot lie. Sometimes we Christians have plenty of knowledge of the truth, but we don’t really believe because we are accustomed to believing only what we see and experience in the flesh. Isn’t that being carnal? We are called to walk by faith and not by sight.
The disciples could not cast the demon out of the boy and when they asked Jesus about it, His answer was “ because of your unbelief”. The boy’s father’s response as he cried out in all honesty, “help my unbelief” was the most appropriate response to the Lord. That should be our cry too.
Jesus said, “He came to give us life and life more abundantly” (John 10:10). Did He, or didn’t He? If He did (which of course He did), then we ought to be living that life isn’t it? But many don’t. Why? Because of their unbelief. Perhaps also because of the misinterpretation of the term “abundant life”. Unfortunately, due to erroneous teachings, Christians tend to attribute “abundant life” to an abundance of material possessions and wealth, but it is far from that.
In conclusion, you will only experience “the abundant life” that the Lord promised in the areas where you believe the gospel message. If you really believe that God supplies all your needs, but don’t believe He has set you free from all bondage, then you will probably be able to use your faith in what you believe and be a very generous person but will still struggle with sin. If you believe that His blood has cleansed you from all unrighteousness, but you don’t believe He supplies all your needs, then you probably will seldom feel condemned or guilty, but you will cling on to what you have and struggle with being generous. If you believe Christ is Lord, but don’t believe Christ has become your wisdom, then you’ll be an awesome worshiper, but will probably find yourself making wrong choices and wrong decisions. Do you get the point?
You will only experience “the abundant life” in the areas where you believe in the Word of God. Beloved, are you struggling in an area in your life? It is because of your unbelief. The most effective prayer in your situation would be “Lord, help my unbelief”.
Believe the gospel message and God’s word in its entirety brothers and sisters and enjoy the abundant life He has given you. Because belief is not belief unless you act like what you say you believe. Until then, it is just knowledge.