23 Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out,[d] “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Today's gospel reading comes from one of many places within scripture that finds people coming to Jesus for healing. It's a bold move. These individuals approach him and, in stunning acts of faith, simply request a blessing with the belief that their loved one or themselves will be healed as a result.
This particular man cries out "I believe; help my unbelief." As much as he believes in the healing power of Jesus, this man recognizes that his belief is incomplete, that he has deep doubts.
And it seems like that's as much a part of the story as the miracles of physical healing. Jesus repeats over and over again that it is our faith that makes us well. We need physical healing, but we also need the parts of us that doubt the power of God to be healed as well.
This Sunday, let us boldly turn over our doubts to a God who knows what we need to be truly healed. We don't have to hide our unbelief, we just have to give it over to the God of healing.