There is one thing that is fairly certain, we have all at one time or another asked people to keep us in their prayers. Another thing that is certain is that others have asked us to do the same. Prayer is a central part of Christian living. We pray for healing, comfort, peace and happiness. We pray for so many things, but what happens when we do not immediately recognize God’s answer? Some, although they believe, begin to have doubts. The man, whose son was possessed, believed one of Jesus’ followers could cast out the demon. When this did not happen, doubt crept into the situation. The word “if” is pursed upon his lips; “If you can…help us.” (Mk. 9:22)
Jesus teaches us the power of prayer. “Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find.” (Mt. 7:7) Again, Jesus teaches that as you pray, do so believing that you have already received it. (Mk. 11:24) It is no small task; because of doubt, we often need visible proof that our prayers are truly answered. So often we add to our prayer, “Give me a sign so I’ll know.” Still, God is faithful. We have the assurance that God indeed hears our prayers and provides all we need. Our sign is given through the cross, where doubt and fear are put to death and faith brings us to belief.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. Amen.