But Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
When the man asked Jesus to heal his son, he said “if you can.” Jesus corrected him. Faith must come before healing. The man recognized his doubt, so rather than pretend, he asked Jesus to strengthen his faltering faith.
Sometimes I pray prayers that others might find ridiculous. By practical standards, I ask the impossible. But all things are possible with God.
I’ve prayed for salvation for the family for so long; can it ever come to pass? Am I the problem? So I repeat, “Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.” The Lord answers unnumbered prayers for me from small to large. I find the lost shoe in the strangest of places.
More dramatically, I took a job at Fort Leavenworth when I had no car and an eighty-five-mile round-trip commute. A bad year left me broke: I suffered an ovarian tumor the size of my son had he been twins. Insurance evaporated with a lost job.
Desperate, with no job offers, and no answers, I spent an afternoon praying to a god I didn't know. That day, the LORD saved me.
Only the new faith the Lord gave me forced me to go to work the first day. Most people who commuted to work drove to Kansas City or Topeka—not Fort Leavenworth.
As I shook hands with my new boss, he introduced me to Carol, the other new hire from my home town. She needed a paying rider. She couldn’t find a carpool.
He answers prayer in response to the troubled prayers of a human being. Because I accept my weakness and ask Him to strengthen the faith that He’s already given me, He hears.
We can pretend a perfect faith. But the LORD knows better. How much more honest to acknowledge that we need His help?
Dear Lord, Never let me forget that You are my only hope, and when I ask for help to be who You want me to be, prayer, and all of my life become stronger.