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19. My Unbelief
24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!"
What an honest prayer! Our lack of belief still amazes the King. "O faithless generation, how long must I be among you? How long do I have to put up with you?" It is believing that is the greatest hurdle for us, "What do you mean, If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." And Jesus never asks us to believe blindly, only to trust Him. There is always evidence available to us to rest our faith on Him, so that we are without excuse. Our belief is not merely overcoming doubts about the power of God. We know he is all powerful. Our amazement turns to awe as the evidence begins to assimilate in our minds, and the divine identity of Jesus begins to dawn on us. Our belief is magnified, not by realizing His power; but in the growing knowledge that He loves us.
Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard, Master Harry -- every man of every nation has done that -- 'tis the living up to it that's difficult. -William M. Thackeray
Prayer, Lord, we want to see and know you better. Help us to see Your hand in our lives and to deepen our faith.