AT NO MOMENT in our lives do we have sufficient faith. The very nature of our journey with God entails our desire to believe more.
We may deem our current state of faith as lacking in comparison to life’s challenges. Do we exhibit enough faith and belief in God to make it through this day? We may answer yes reluctantly. What about having enough faith and belief in God to make it through the next week, the next month, the next year, or even the next decade?
Thankfully, God asks us to believe enough only for the “now,” the present, the moment. When life’s surprises stretch our faith in God, then we – with the boy’s father [in Mark 9:14-29] – can pray, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Focus for Today
When life’s challenges confront you today and you feel unable to cope, pray the father’s prayer: “I believe; help my unbelief!” Let God demonstrate divine compassion at work even when your faith and belief in God seem insufficient.
– Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus
From pages 52-53 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Matthew 5:9, NRSV
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Did You Know?
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This week we remember: Agnes (January 28).
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