A Prayer for Faith


Eternal and Only God,

As I kneel here before you,

I confess I don’t know why I’m here.

I remember days of impassioned prayers

But this day is not like those.


I forget so easily, turn back so abruptly,

doubt so  quickly, pray so rarely.


I suppose I am here like the father of Biblical lore,

Crying, “Help my unbelief!”

I think his cry was more fervent than mine

But I pray that you hear this tremulous whisper,

Just as you heard his zealous shout.


I do not know what I believe

But today I pray

And perhaps that is enough

as it is all I have.


Give me faith in things that I do not yet see

against all my scientific and cynical drives.

And if I must doubt, Lord,

Show me yourself even in my unbelief.



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  1. […] Day 9- A Prayer for Faith […]

  2. Amen! Thanks for sharing this prayer. It echoes my heart today!

  3. Amen! Enjoyed your Prayer for Faith today…thanks for sharing! Look forward to more!

  4. This is a beautiful prayer, Rachel.

    As for me, I believe. Still, God please ,help my unbelief. (And my friends in their unbelief too.)

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