Mark 6: 5-6
And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
While today’s Gospel reading discusses Jesus’ earthly ministry and the unbelief of the people who had known Him since His youth, my mind always drifts to James 1:6 when I hear the word “unbelief.”
I have recently spent many hours going through and studying my prayer journals, specifically from 2014 and 2015. It brought me to tears when I was able to see that I am currently living the life I spent so many hours praying for back then. Despite what I was going through or what the circumstances may have been, my personal prayers were always along the same lines for the most part.
There are a few things that are still missing. I can’t help but imagine whether this is simply because these circumstances weren’t in God’s will or if it was a lack of faith in my prayers? More journal entries than I care to share began with something along the lines of, “Heavenly Father, I know it’s doubtful,” or “I already know ahead of time it’s probably not going to happen, but.”
As Christians, I don’t think we realize exactly how much we limit what God is doing both in and through our lives because of our unbelief. It says in today’s reading, “And he could do no deed of power there.” This wasn’t because Jesus didn’t love these people. It doesn’t say God was limited because of their sin. It was simply their unbelief that kept Jesus from working in their lives.
Somehow, I think we forget exactly who it is we are talking to when we bow our heads to pray. When we petition God half-heartedly, not expecting, let alone preparing for Him to answer our prayers, I think it has to be a little disheartening for Him. The cross alone is more than enough reason to never doubt Jesus always has our best intentions in mind. Yet, we still act at times as if there’s more He needs to prove to us.