Have you ever imagined seeing Jesus resurrected? The two disciples on the road to Emmaus surely hadn’t. And when they actually saw him, they didn’t even realize it.
I’ve written about their resurrection Sunday encounter. It’s the perfect devotional reading for Easter.
Want one more devotional reading for Sunday?
Two Prayers When Your Faith Feels Weak for Holy Week
I’ve tried to imagine the disciples’ confusion as they witnessed the highs and lows of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem the hailing shouts of “Hosanna! Oh, Save!” By Thursday he declared his body broken and his blood poured out, even as he was standing before them whole. Sunday’s hosannas were thrust into questions by Thursday night, as their king stooped to serve.
By Friday, they fled.
Jesus had told them their faith was small, little, even twisted, and as they ran and hid deep in the nearby olive groves, they knew it was true.
What can we do when our faith feels weak and wobbly? May I suggest two prayers? They aren’t fancy or long. Only 3 words each. In fact, they’re borrowed from Scripture.
1. Help my unbelief.
Like the man who brought his terrorized child to Jesus, we can pray, “Help my unbelief.” It’s a confession and an acknowledgment of dependence. We want to believe, but often we are so weak we can’t determine whether we believe or not. With these words, we confess our weakness and ask for His help in merely believing. Jesus answers such honest and dependent prayer. You’ll find proof of it in Mark 9 (which also happens to be the first story in my book (<~affiliate link )
2. Hold me fast.
It’s a confession and request tied up in three words borrowed from Psalm 139:9-10.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
He is strong to steady us. We need only to ask and depend on him.