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Day 2 Devotional (Week 2)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, 'I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.'" -- Mark 9:24

After reading the scripture in Mark, what spoke to me was the father's complete honesty about his unbelief.  Life today constantly challenges my spiritual well being.  To protect and grow in my relationship with Christ, I make it a daily discipline to have time to pray and be still with God.

When I have been faced with challenges and taken them to God, only then can I find peace and clarity when I am totally honest.  Often times
I omit my fears, worries, anxieties or negative thoughts when praying because of a fear of disappointing God, or feeling embarrassed or just
an innocence of omission.  How crazy is this way of thinking, because God already knows my innermost being, just as he already knew the boy's father's disbelief.

I take great comfort in knowing our God did not rebuke the father but accepted his honesty.  I know I can go before God with total and complete abandonment.  When I do this, when I bare my soul, God can remove any seed of disbelief or doubt.  My relationship with God grows because I know he has accepted my brokenness and is there to help me.

Currently I am going through a schedule change at work, which has turned my routine upside down.  I have been anxious, and this Bible
verse guided my prayers to be totally honest with God.  I believe God will not only help me through this transition but will do for me what I have confessed to him I cannot do for myself.

Father God, I pray for the spirit of honesty and willingness to come to You in all that I do, so that I may be spiritually fit and grow each day with You.  Amen.

Prepared by Liz Bartlett

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