Help us in our Unbelief

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

Now there’s an honest confession; a confession of weakness, a confession of doubt, a confession that speaks the complexity of faith more than any other. We believe and want to believe more, but keep something back, in case we’re disappointed.

The world has made us cynical. We too wonder, “if God is so good, why…” Why do bad things happen, why does God seem at times absent, at others silent? Why do we have such restless hearts? Why do we want so many empty things in our lives, so many empty people?

Where is God?

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

No one prays, no one worships. At least, not the people I know. My neighbours don’t go to church, neither do my children and they seem to be just fine. Shouldn’t something bad happen to them? Shouldn’t God do something to show them or make them understand? Shouldn’t God make them go to church? Why don’t they come to church?

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

Why is there war? Why do children get sick and die? Why do people hurt each other so much? Where do hurricanes and earthquakes and floods come from?

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

Why do I feel this way, so frustrated, angry and confused? Why am I so tired all the time? Why can’t I feel better?

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

Lord, I want to believe more, but I have so many questions, so many nagging doubts. I mean, I’ve got to be honest here, it’s hard to believe that much, as much as you do. It’s hard to believe that you believe in me. It’s easier to believe you don’t care, or are too busy. Everyone else is, why not you too?

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

The world is slipping, turning upside down. Everything is changing; things don’t feel right anymore, like a shoe that’s too small.

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief.

Help us pray, “Our Father…”

Based on Mark 9:14-32

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