Help me to believe.
“I do believe. Lord, help me overcome my unbelief,” is a faith quote and Bible verse found in the gospel scripture Mark 9:24 — a person believes in God but at the same time doesn’t.
What causes unbelief and how do you regain your faith and believe in God again?
It’s a strange thing that happens in your teens and early 20’s. Sometimes when you try to claim your faith as your own, and not the one your parents laid out for you, there is an internal shift.
You start doing things that not only your parents but also the church would not approve of. You are introduced to things that were sold to you as immoral and abominable, but they become important parts of your life. As you learn to trust yourself and how you fit into the world around you, sometimes your faith will fall by the wayside.
It is a strange thing, reclaiming your faith as an adult. I was raised in a very religious household. My parents are both very VERY Catholic. My mother ran the first communion program in our church, and my grandmother was in charge of the music.
I have four brothers, all of which served as altar boys, and I was recruited to sing in the choir. We attended mass every week, sometimes more than once.
My mother had a rule which was often recognized where if we misbehaved, we would have to repeat mass. Sometimes we would have to go weekday mornings before school if we attended the last mass of the day.
Now as an adult, I haven’t been to a church service (weddings aside) in over 3 years. I have been struggling with my faith, and I don’t even know if I have any anymore. I am too uncomfortable going into church with my family, having not been there in so long, not wanting them to know of my uncertainty.
The one aspect of religion that stays with me through all of this is prayer. I don’t know who I am praying to. Do I think it’s God or the Universe, or is it just comforting to say what I want or what I need out loud? Truly, I don’t know.
It’s a strange thing but, I don’t know if I even want to believe anymore.
For those of you who are struggling, here are some encouraging and popular faith quotes from the Bible scripture. Each verse has something to say during times when you doubt God, believe but are dealing with unbelief.
1. When you doubt God, the Bible encourages you to pray.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” — James 1:5-6
2. The Bible says that when you surround your heart with love, fear will not get in.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” — John 4:18
3. Trust in the Lord, he will help you to believe.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6
4. Even when you doubt Him, the Bible says He still walks beside you.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10
5. When you are afraid, let Him fight your fears for you.
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” — Exodus 14:14
6. Believe based on faith, not on sight.
“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
7. Faith encourages you during times of unbelief.
“You have taught many people and given strength to feeble hands. When someone stumbled, weak and tired, your words encouraged him to stand.” — Job 4:3-4
8. When you’ve lost faith, the Lord will bring you home.
“Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you.” — Genesis 28:15
9. All things are possible with faith in God.
“Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” — Mark 9:23
10. Let the Word of God guide you back.
“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.” — Revelation 3:22
11. Listen to the Word of God.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” — Romans 10:17
12. What you do is just as important as what you believe.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” — James 2:26
13. God’s love is bigger than human faith
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” — John 5:4
14. Let your heart lead you back to your faith.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7
15. Send your doubt to the Lord and let Him guide you.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” — Psalm 55:22