The father of the demon-possessed boy, realising the weakness of his faith, cried to Jesus, “Lord I believe – help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) This means, ‘I believe in my own way. Help me to believe in Your own way’. He realised that his belief was equal to unbelief before God. That was why his belief could not meet the condition for the healing of his son. This means, his belief could not see beyond the healing, whereas Jesus’ standard of belief sees beyond the healing.
Now, you have to realise the weakness of your faith and cry to Jesus for help. How do we do this? We do this as someone who wants to receive of Jesus, not as someone who wants to be seen or noticed. The father of the demon-possessed boy did not just cry, he cried a cry of faith. I mean, a cry born of faith.
This teaches us that a consciousness of little faith – far from being a reason why we should not ask, should be an encouragement, an inspiration and a motivation. A consciousness of little faith should be the reason why you should pray the more. A consciousness of little faith, far from being a reason why we should not pray, ought, on the contrary, to be an incentive to us to go to God, acknowledging our need, and take from Him the faith which He is prepared to give.
It is like someone who says, “I have no money. I don’t want to work anymore”. Your poverty should be the more reason why you should work harder. Jesus is ready to help, but you must realise and admit your weakness before you can be helped. The father of the demon-possessed boy realised and admitted his own weakness before he was helped by Jesus.
For Jesus to say, “You unbelieving generation”, He knows that we are undeserving of His grace and He is ready to help our weakness, limitation and shortcoming.
The knowledge that I have little faith should be the reason why I should draw closer to Him. Knowing that I have little faith is the reason why I should draw closer to God because He came so that I might have faith. Instead of my little faith to discourage me from praying, it should be an incentive. Instead of my weakness to discourage me from praying, it should be an incentive:
o Something that attracts.
o Something that encourages.
o Something that motivates.
A consciousness of little faith, instead of being a reason why we should not pray, should be a reason why we should pray.