Friday, May 30, 2014

When I Struggle to Believe God

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“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:11).

When I don’t believe God, I cry back out to Him and wait for Him to show Himself strong again to me. I cry out to Him. I wait for His word and promises to wash over me. I remind myself of what He has done in the past. I determine I can trust, yet I waiver.

He understands my wavering. He provides a story of a man who cried out the same prayer. His son had been seizing for a long while. Like this man, I find that when I pray about something like healing or difficult situations that seem to linger on, I do waiver. I go through the motions of prayer but must cry out, “Help me with my unbelief!”

Listen, THERE IS NO SHAME IN THIS…God knows us and our thoughts. He fashioned us. He knows all of the intimate details of our lives. He wrote every day of ours in His book. Every event is working for our good and His glory. We can trust Him. Even when we can only muster up a mustard seed’s worth of faith. He has compassion on us. He is near the broken hearted. He loves us deeply and completely.

So when your faith is wavering and you cannot pray anymore know He is our intercessor. He will never leave or forsake us. He is faithful and just. All His promises are true. In all things we can trust Him even when they linger on. He has a greater plan. His thoughts are too wonderful for us to even comprehend.

Yet because of Jesus, these temporary trials that linger are only temporary! In light of eternity this short time here on Earth will not even compare. We must keep our eyes focused Heavenward and toward our eternal home where there is no pain or disease or sickness. That is where we are headed. It is easy to lose sight of this while we are here but we must remind one another of what really matters.

Today, I want to ask you, how can we help you by praying for you? What is hard right now? How is your belief wavering? What are you too weak to pray right now? Would you let us join you, help you, by praying? Leave it in the comments and we will lift it up alongside you.

Prayer: Lord, please help us with our unbelief. Help us to remember and trust all of your promises. Help us to remember this is not our home, our home is in Heaven if we are in Christ Jesus. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us! Thank you for being a kind and wise Father. Thank you for being our intercessor when our prayers run dry. Keep us focused on You. In Jesus Name. Amen.

~Angela Parsley

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