A Warm Welcome to you today friend!
Thanks for stopping by.
This may be your first visit or you decided to return – whichever it is – know that I am prayerful as always that the words here are encouraging and inspiring – ones that you will remember as you continue your journey on the path seeking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – your Friend and mine.
It is on my heart to share/talk about praying for DOUBT and UNBELIEF in ourselves and others closest to us – our friends and family members.
Our scripture focus/reading on topic of UNBELIEF is first from the book of Mark Chapter 9:21-24—
“Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Friends, I’ve read that UNBELIEF controls much of the church and it saddens me greatly. I see it clearly and wonder why we can not seem to permanently shake it off. Some say it is because we’ve prayed and waited so long that we are no longer convinced God really will do it (ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.)
But if we don’t BELIEVE God will answer our prayers, we may not pray as God asks us – joyfully, thankfully and without ceasing:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
(1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)
Others say pride is involved and causes(blinds) unbelievers to think their(self) knowledge is greater than God’s.
So how do we deal with this situation – the veil/blindness of pride brought about by the enemy?
We must remember and refresh ourselves continually with God’s Word knowing that we have weapons that are “DIVINELY POWERFUL.”
BELIEVE my friend – that these weapons, empowered by GOD, will work miracles!!!
And in this instance – as we pray for others and ourselves – we must first read and hold fast to the scripture below – 2 Cor. 10:3-5 —
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
Then, we should pray and ask God to:
- PREPARE THE PERSON’S HEART – SO IT WILL BE “GOOD SOIL” FOR THE SEED(Mark 4:8)
- KEEP THE ENEMY FROM STEALING THE SEEDS OF TRUTH(Mark 4:15)
- ALLOW HIS WORD TO BECOME REVELATION THROUGH THE LIFTING OF THE VEIL/BLINDNESS(2 COR. 4:3-4 AND EPHESIANS 1:17)
- BREAK THE ROOT OF PRIDE(2 COR. 10:3-5)
- BRING THE PERSON/US TO TRUE REPENTANCE(2 PETER 3:9)
Lastly, my friend – Repentance(biblical repentance) means to have a new knowledge or understanding – a change of mind given by God.
It reverses the effects of the fall through Adam and it will produce God-centered Christians, not self centered ones.
In Acts 26:18 Paul said he was called “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light.”
We (each of us) can help our friends and family members have this new knowledge(repentance)
(a prayer to God)
Interceding on behalf of another is a good thing to do.
It is a true blessing for all.
Our prayers play a role in the lifting of the veil(revelation), which allows for the heart to be enlightened.
God loves us – ALL of us.
I too believe He really does want to save those dear to us.
Therefore, we MUST pray and believe that
GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!!!
Let us bow our heads together and pray:
“Father God, we love you and need you – we know all things are possible if we believe in YOU – please help our unbelief – please take it from us Lord God and we will remember to give you all the glory, honor and praise.” In the name of your Son – Jesus – we pray and give thanks to You and You alone.”