God, our Father, loves us and will respond when we pray, “Father, help my unbelief”

Hope for the Holy
Protected by His Power – Part 3

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:6-8

Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:5

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

We have been studying how faith is the agent that gives us the protecting power of God. The question most of us are asking is: How do I get more faith? A story from Mark’s gospel helps us understand one of the steps to more faith. A father brought his son to Jesus to be healed. Jesus asked the father if he had faith that Jesus could heal his son. The father’s answer leads us to our first step in growing our faith: “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief’” (Mark 9:24). The first step we all must take is to be honest about our unbelief and ask Jesus to help our doubting spirit.

All of us struggle to believe and trust that a miracle will happen. Sometimes it’s because we are unsure of God’s will, so we justify our unbelief to that unknown factor. Sometimes the situation we are praying about is so serious and so huge that our faith fails us in our effort to believe for a miracle. Either way, the answer is to be honest with God, telling Him of our weak faith. God, our Father, loves us and will respond when we simply pray, “Father, help my unbelief.”

God wants us to expect miracles, big ones as well as small daily ones. Let’s keep challenging ourselves to be children of an Almighty God who has no limits of His power; expect miracles!

Father, I will expect great things in my life because of your kindness toward me. There is nothing too hard for you. In Jesus’ name, amen.