I frequently hear from people who are struggling with feelings of doubt…
- They doubt God’s goodness.
- They question God’s forgiveness.
- They’re afraid or worried about the future.
- They’re disappointed, hurt, or just beaten down by life.
- They don’t feel His presence and wonder about His love.
The enemy of our souls works overtime to keep us focused on world crises and personal problems. And just like his very first tempting in the Garden, he asks:
“Did God really say…”Genesis 3:1
My childhood pastor would tell us, “It’s okay to doubt. In fact, it’s good, if it causes you to ask, seek, and knock. If it gets you to turn to God.”
So, if like me, you have days when you feel like the father in the Bible who said to Jesus:
“I believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”Mark 9:24
Then join me as I turn to God and ask, seek, and knock.
Things To Do When Your Faith is Weak
God invites us to come with our doubts and questions . . . to never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and to be still and know Him (Psalm 46:10).
♥ Ask God to Increase Our Faith
The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”Luke 17:5
♥ Ask God to Forgive Our Failures and Weaknesses
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.Psalm 86:5
♥ Ask God for His Guidance and Direction
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.Psalm 43:3
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. (Matthew 7:7a)
God seeks out the lost and broken . . . the lost sheep (Ezekiel 34:11) and the heart in the pit of despair (Psalm 40:2), God comes and saves us. He invites us to SEEK Him above all else. (Luke 12:31)
♥ Seek God’s Truth Through His Word and Prayer
We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.Acts 6:4 (CSB)
♥ Seek to Know God’s Will . . . to Trust and Obey Him
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
♥ Seek His Presence . . . Watch What He is Doing In and Around You.
For You have set my soul free from death. You have kept my feet from falling, so I may walk with God in the light of life.Psalm 56:13
Keep on seeking, and you will find. Matthew 7:7b
God invites us to knock as one in need . . . Repeatedly. Without fear. Without holding back. (Luke 11:5–10)
And may we…
♥ Knock in faith whether it is weak or strong trusting that we can knock because Jesus has gone before us. The door to the throne room is open and the Father is waiting.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”Psalm 27:8
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7c
When our faith is weak. When we doubt. When we’re lost and broken. We are invited to Ask. Seek. Knock.
Pray Matthew 7:7 What You Doubt Your Faith
Father, I am struggling with weakness. I feel vulnerable to the enemy’s lies as I see evil rising up in the world around me. The Psalmist wrote, “When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” (Psalm 94:19) And because of that, Your Word also says, “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!” (Psalm 31:24)
I come to You ASKing, SEEKing, and KNOCKing. I ASK for Your forgiveness. I ASK that You will fill me with Your Spirit and increase my faith. I ASK You to guide and direct me as I give myself to You. I SEEK to know Your heart through Your Word and prayer. I SEEK Your help to know Your will and the strength I need to fully trust and obey all You want for me. I SEEK Your presence in my life so that I might be aware of all that You are doing around me and that I may participate in Your plan for me. I also KNOCK on the door of Your throne room. I come to You in repentance surrendering my hopes, dreams, and desires to You trusting that You will be with me and give me everything I need each day.
Lord, I give myself to You. Please remove my doubt . . . increase my faith. And by Your grace, I pray that You will help me Love, Trust, and Obey You with all my heart for all my days. Amen.
God is greater than our doubts. When the enemy taunts and tempts you and me with anxious thoughts and concerning questions . . . may we go back to that devil and remind him just how great our God is.
And let’s pause throughout the day to remember how very much God loves. He is present. He hears and answers.
He is greater than our circumstances and He is able to overcome our doubts.
God bless you today, remove your doubts, grant you His peace, and fill you with hope!
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