“Just ask Thomas” – The Inferior Gift of Assisted Faith

John 20:29 “Jesus said, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’” 

We have a special blessing through believing without seeing but most find it hard not to keep looking for a voice or a vision as a boost for faith. I’ve prayed like this, saying…

“Father God, would you, in some way, reveal your power and presence as an assist to my weak faith? You gave Moses the afterglow of your glory and the sick woman the hem of your robe. Maybe just a whisper of your voice so that I can be sure you’re there! God, send a miracle, so I’ll never doubt again! I promise, I’ll only ask this once!” 

Prayers of Assisted Faith

This puts what we are asking for in the same category as sight. God’s desire for us is to be content to swim in what Spurgeon called “the pure sea of faith.” Vanity expects God to show us a sign externally as well as inwardly.

In my experience, these kinds of requests are mostly denied for our benefit. An assisted faith cheapens our reward at the judgment seat of Christ.

It’s as if God is saying, “My dear children, instead of wanting to see some proof of my love, believe, trust, and follow me in the dark, because it’s better for you not to see. Even if you did see and believe, you would have obtained an inferior gift. Hold out for the higher blessing that belongs to those who have not seen and yet have believed. Just ask Thomas.”

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