BY DAWN VAIL
senior pastor of Hope Boulder in Boulder, Colorado
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’
Mark 9:24 NKJV
Paul is a Vietnam War veteran who had given his life to Christ and suddenly found himself fighting aggressive, end-stage lung cancer. He was given a 16 percent chance of living, even if he chose aggressive immunotherapy combined with chemo. We prayed a scary prayer that Sunday—we simply asked that God would heal Paul completely. We had some faith, but we asked God to help our lack of faith (Mark 9:24). The very next day, his tests showed Paul’s sizable tumor had shrunk, just like that. Over several weeks, the tumor disappeared, so completely, in fact, that the next test showed that new tissue had miraculously grown in its place, leaving no scar tissue at all. What a testimony to Paul’s unbelieving doctor! We need the “all-mighty” power of God in action, not our own weak, impotent faith. The God of miracles is healing today. He’s just asking us to step out with whatever faith we have, and He’ll use it.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Ask “all-mighty” God for more opportunities to pray scary, faith-building prayers.
Ask God to meet your faith where it is and to help it grow.
Father God, please never let me take credit for what You alone can do
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
Luke 19:10 NLT
Church is an amazing place that we gather weekly to express our love of Christ. Jesus in a number of his parables showed his passion towards the lost in leaving the 99 to go after the one! Everyone matters to God. Our lives should be about helping people come to know Christ and grow in Him so that more can come to know Him.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray that God would awaken our hearts to the lost in our community and the world.
Reflect for a moment on your life before Christ and how grateful you are for your salvation. How can you help others experience that gratefulness?
Pray for the lost.