YOU TRY TO BELIEVE, BUT DO YOU REALLY DESIRE TO BELIEVE?
In Alma 32:27 we are taught that desire is the power behind belief, that it is the foundation upon which belief rests.
I have found that it is possible for me to give “lip-service” to believing that the Savior can deliver me from my addictive behavior, but harboring a lack of genuine desire at the root of my “belief.” I find myself dealing with that divided reality today.
As I admit this weakness in a prayerful thought, I am reminded that there is actually an example of a person with a divided belief in the Savior in Mark 9, and that the Lord responds to it with mercy.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:23-24)
Prayerful Thought: Thank You, Lord, for reminding me of Thy patience and mercy with someone who struggles with imperfect belief. I am reminded that I can rely on Thy unwavering goodness, if I humbly admit my need for it.