The very foundation of the question brings doubt, if it is hard then how can we succeed? Let me ask you again, “Why is Faith so Hard”? Jesus tells us we can move mountains if we just believe and not doubt. I have never tried to move a mountain, as a matter of fact, I have never cursed a fig tree. I will tell you that I have faced some very tough situations and I must confess that I struggled with doubt. Oh, I believe that God is on my side and that through Him all things are possible. I have been raised in church and heard sermons every Sunday of my life. God’s word is true and yet I doubt, I struggle with life, and find myself too often unsure of that next step.
Hebrews 11: 6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
There it is, it plainly tells me that I am not pleasing God without faith. The question that causes me to doubt, “Why would He reward me”? Maybe, what I am asking for is more about me than it is about God. Who am I that God would stop and listen to me? Why should I be rewarded? Afterall that I have done wrong, why reward me?
James 4: 3-4 ESV
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
I continue to hurt my case with each passage I print out. I am living a life of adultery; that is loving my own life instead of living my life for Christ. I am in pain, so I ask to be relieved of this pain. I need to purchase stuff, so I ask for more money. I do not care for more responsibility; I just need more money. My relationship is in trouble, so I ask God to fix the other person in this relationship. I just want a miracle, because they make life better and I can share how God did something special just for me?
Mark 9: 17-19, 28-29 ESV
And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 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.” 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.” And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
The disciples who had spent years walking with Jesus saw each miracle as it happened. Now a young man is before them in need of faith and deliverance, they failed. His father stood confused and hopeless concerning his son. Then Jesus shows up and prays healing over the boy’s life. The disciples asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast it out”?
I have the same question in my own life, why couldn’t I get rid of this issue that is causing my pain? So, did the disciples pray before they saw the boy? Maybe they prayed during the attempt to cast it out? If so, then why does Jesus explain to them that faith requires prayer? It appears they just said to the boy, “Be cast out”! Maybe they even repeated it several times, each one taking their turn. They had forgotten to include Jesus, to pray, to speak with the creator of all things. They forgot to have faith in God, not themselves.
Mark 9: 21-24 ESV
And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 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.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Jesus shows up and talks with the father, “How long as this been an issue?”. Immediately Jesus understands that this man has tried everything. He has been through many doctors and fake messiahs. His trust and faith are at an all-time low. We come across the question within the request, “If you can do anything, have compassion”? Once Jesus explains that all things are possible to those who believe, the man began to pray. His request was simple and yet it was so open, “help my unbelief!”. The child is freed from his challenge and Jesus receives the glory.
Trust God, not yourself. Remove your selfishness and lustful desires of your old heart and place your struggle in God’s hands. Ask and be honest with God, he already understands. Then after applying trust, draw close to God, believe that He is and that He rewards those who seek Him.