Help Thou Mine Unbelief

…but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 9:22b-24

In this passage, a father has brought his demon possessed son to Jesus.  He is desperate to find help for his son and knows that Jesus is his only hope.  He came to Jesus and told Him “if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.”  He came to the right One.  He can do everything and He does have compassion on those who come to Him.  Their exchange is a good one for us to study and has been the prayer of many, many people through the ages.

Jesus told the man that “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  The father hear this and responded in tears: “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.”  How many people have said that very same thing in tears?  How many people have cried out to the Lord that they believe and have cried out to Him to help their unbelief?

What a perfect prayer for every one of us.  None of us are perfect.  None of us have perfect faith.  As Christians, we all believe.  But sometimes our faith gets weak.  Sometimes our faith is imperfect.  Sometimes we need help believing and Jesus is the One Who can give us that help.

So what happened to this man who believed but was desperate for help with his unbelief?  Jesus answered his heartfelt cry: “…Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.”  (verse 27)

That is a prayer that we need to remember when our faith start to waver: “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Oh Ben…

    Hmmmm…. (that is the sound of my spirit groaning).

    Sometimes I forget that I am mere frail human in need of Grace. Sometimes I forget that He knows I am all flesh, and imperfect. Sometimes I feel I have ‘run out of believing’ and He raises up others to believe with and for me.

    You have no idea the weight that tries to press me down, so there was no way you could have written this for *me* except He told you … thanks for being obedient.

    ““Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”



    • I’m so glad that it was a help. There are times that I know my faith is weak, and I just keep coming back to this prayer – over and over again. It is a tremendous help.


  2. I don’t always realize I am operating in unbelief, so what a beautiful prayer to pray all the time! God bless you, Ben!


    • I agree. Someimes we can’t even tell that we operating in unbelief and we always need help. Deep down, we do believe, but sometimes there is a good bit of unbelief tha sneaks in. It is a great prayer for any time!


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