“Now He [Jesus] could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.” Mark 6:5-6
We may not realize it but we hinder God from moving in our lives because we don’t believe. Everything that we do as a child of God requires faith. Salvation takes faith to receive. We have been saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
Satan will do all that he can to raise up unbelief in us. He knows that if he can cause us to develop unbelief that the will of God will be hindered in our lives. It’s not that we start off not believing because most of us believe at the very beginning. We are believing for something so we begin to pray. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.”
We believe that we receive when we start praying but many times we will not make it to the “you will have them” part. There is time between the time you start praying and the “you will have them.” The key is to be able to continue to “believe that you receive” until you see the manifestation. That is where Satan comes in as you are praying bringing thoughts like: “why hasn’t the answer come yet, I’ve been doing everything I need to do, I guess it may not happen”; “maybe it’s not God’s will”; “it sure is a long time, I think that the answer would have already come.” All these thoughts will stir up doubt and unbelief.
That’s why the Apostle Paul talks about fighting the good fight of faith because it is a battle to keep on believing. Circumstances come and we try to make excuses for stopping our prayers.
We have to battle unbelief because if we are not careful our faith will die. We will start off with “I believe I receive” and then it will turn into “ maybe I believe I receive” and then it will turn into “I don’t I believe I receive.” The only way to overcome unbelief is through “hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Notice what Jesus did after he marveled at there unbelief. Jesus began to teach because they need to be “hearing and hearing by the word of God” to build up their faith and keep it strong.
Maybe you have been praying for something. Keep on believing. Don’t be like the people that were with Moses: “so we see that they could not enter in [the Promised Land] because of unbelief.” Fight the good fight of faith and wait for your answer because Ecclesiastes 7:8 says, “the end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”