Morning and Evenings is a wonderful daily devotion. It was written by C.H. Spurgeon and is so often focused on renewing our faith each day, or reminding us to focus on Faith. I was reading the evening portion tonight and was reminded so much of how it is important to pray for the Lord to strengthen our faith in Him. Today’s passage was from teh gospel of Mark, Chapter 9, verse 23, though I will quote the entire passage:
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
As you can see the father of the child had to pray that the Lord would heal his son. He needed to ask for help with his own unbelief or lack of faith. All to often we forget to ask that the Lord would renew our belief, our strength , in Him. The five points of Calvinism speak to the Perseverance of the Saints, and that means that often we will have times where we need that renewing. None to whom Christ has called will ever turn away, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be times where you faith is tested, and that you might even question your own Faith in the Lord. I pray that the Lord will ever renew my faith, yeah my blief in him. May I cry out like the father in this passage ” I believe; help my unbelief!”, because I do need that so very often.