Faith is a word that is often misunderstood, especially by non-Christians. If you ask a non-believer about faith, they may tell you that it means believing in something you can’t prove. Or they could tell you that faith is when you believe in something in your heart, and that makes it real to you.
Hebrews Chapter 11 is entirely about true Christian faith and provides us with a solid understanding about how a Christian can live by faith. I’ll give you a clue: it isn’t just believing in something you can’t see.
There is a passage in the Gospel of Mark that addresses a lack of faith. A father has come to Jesus for help cleansing his son of an impure spirit. He says to Jesus:
22 …But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’? Everything is possible for the one who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, 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.”
Simple but Effective Prayer
This is one of my husband’s favorite passages. He finds it comforting that there were people who could be face to face with Christ, be a witness to His miracles, and still struggle with their faith. It gives him encouragement, and when he is feeling discouraged, he will often ask the Lord to help him with his unbelief. It is a simple but effective prayer.