If in doubt….

If in doubt…

I have been talking to God about doubt these last few days… doubt and how to dislodge it from where it has taken root.

How do I believe and have faith when doubt has bunkered down and made itself at home? How do I believe?

How do I avoid doubt when I don’t understand all of the how’s and the whys of the will of God and my seemingly unanswered prayers when I know I should believe and be in faith?

The famous passage…

Mark 9:21-24

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


If you are like me then there’s you know there’s a lot we don’t understand fully.

Pray the prayer this man prayed….

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

These are some notes below from a bible commentary that I read that helped me understand a little better….

Mar 9:23

“If thou canst believe…”
This was an answer to the request, and there was a reference in the answer to the “doubt” in the man’s mind about the power of Jesus.

“I” can help him. If thou” canst believe,” it shall be done. Jesus here demanded “faith” or confidence in his power of healing.

His design here is to show the man that the difficulty in the case was not in the want of “power” on his part, but in the want of “faith” in the man; in other words, to rebuke him for having “doubted” at all whether he “could” heal him.

So he demands faith of every sinner that comes to him, and none that come without “confidence” in him can obtain the blessing.

“All things are possible to him that believeth”
All things can be effected or accomplished – to wit, by God – in favor of him that believes, and if thou canst believe, this will be done. God will do nothing in our favor without faith. It is right that we should have confidence in him; and if we “have” confidence, it is easy for him to help us, and he willingly does it. In our weakness, then, we should go to God our Saviour; and though we have no strength, yet “he” can aid us, and he will make all things easy for us.

Mar 9:24

“Said with tears”
The man felt the implied rebuke in the Saviour’s language; and feeling grieved that he should be thought to be destitute of faith, and feeling deeply for the welfare of his afflicted son, he wept.

Nothing can be more touching or natural than this. An anxious father, distressed at the condition of his son, having applied to the disciples in vain, now coming to the Saviour; and not having full confidence that he had the proper qualification to be aided, he wept. Any man would have wept in his condition, nor would the Saviour turn the weeping suppliant away.

“I believe”
I have faith. I do put confidence in thee, though I know that my faith is not as strong as it should be.

“Help thou mine unbelief” Supply thou the defects of my faith. Give me strength and grace to put “entire” confidence in thee.

Everyone who comes to the Saviour for help has need of offering this prayer. In our unbelief and our doubts we need his aid, nor shall we ever put sufficient reliance on him without his gracious help.

Just something to think about….

~Cam Richmond~


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  1. Gosh this is just what I needed today! Lovely post, thank you!!

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