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Whitsunday, Nine Days of Prayer, Day 7 - Faithfulness

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” - Mark 9:24

Read: Mark 9:14-29

We live in an age that has been marked by what is sometimes call the “hermeneutic of suspicion.” Instead of taking the text at its plain meaning we look for something hidden, we try to be creative and clever, and we doubt what the Lord has revealed to us. But this suspicion and doubt leads to darkness and death. Today we read of a father who knows Jesus can heal his son, but at the same time feels this is too good to be true. Jesus tells us the answer to all this – the doubt and the sickness – is prayer. Today some questions to ask yourself:

1. Is my prayer marked by faithfulness or skepticism? 2. If I sympathize with the prayer of the father, pray that the Lord would help your unbelief. 3. Are there areas where I’ve encouraged faithlessness that I need to repent of?

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