I’ve got a good friend that asked for prayer last week.
He had a friend who developed a life-threatening illness. His friend was facing death in his mid-40’s. His friend had doubts…doubts about his mortality…doubts about his treatment.
My friend was heartbroken. How can this be fair? Why could this happen to someone so young?
John chapter 20 chronicles the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus. It also described doubt and the need for faith.
Thomas, one of the twelve Disciples, hadn’t been around when Jesus initially appeared to a small group of followers. As a result, Thomas publicly voiced his doubts about Jesus being raised from the dead. A week later the Disciples, including Thomas, were gathered and Jesus appeared again. This time he asked Thomas to feel the holes in His hands and the scar in His side.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27
We have to do that too. We have to pray for our faith to increase so we can stop doubting.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Through prayer and study, we can grow our faith and experience Jesus. Faith brings assurance over doubt…and confidence over fear.
Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ John 20:29
That’s faith. When we can believe in that which we cannot see.
Please pray for me to have an increase in my faith. I want to feel, experience Jesus more.
And let me know how to pray for you.