“Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”” – Mark 9:23-24
The father of the boy had come to Jesus seeking healing for his son. He then watched helplessly the failed attempts by the apostles to heal him. His faith was shaken, and the best he could say to Jesus was, “If you can…”
What do we let shake our faith? Perhaps someone who works in the church does something that seems to contradict what they should be about. Maybe we, or someone close to us, has experienced loss of a loved one for whom we have been praying for. Or, because of a poor example, we’ve heard people say: “If this is what it means to be a Christian, it’s not for me.”
Human beings will disappoint. Rather than giving up, let us be like the father in this gospel passage, and bring our situation to Jesus, doubts and all, and ask God to strengthen our moment of weakness and turn it into a moment of grace and healing.
“I do believe, help my unbelief!”
It is a good prayer for us all.
May God Bless you.