“I Believe, Help My Unbelief” How This Verse Inspired a Worship Song


Have you ever cried out to God, “I believe, help my unbelief”?Abundant Life Worship released a song for believers to join together in a collective heart cry to help our unbelief.  Their song, “I Believe” is an anthem and reminder that God is still working, even when we can’t see or feel Him. He is always in control, so we can surrender and trust Him. The song reminds us that anything is possible for those who have faith in Jesus, modeled after the story of a father in Mark 9 who pleaded with Jesus to heal his son.  


How the Verse “I Believe, Help My Unbelief” Inspired the Song 


“Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So, He asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’”—Mark 9:20-24


In Mark 9, a man comes to Jesus and asks for healing for his son. Demons have possessed the boy since childhood, and his father is desperate to see him healed. Jesus reminds the man that anything is possible for those who believe. In response, the man desperately asks Jesus to help his unbelief, and Jesus does. He casts the demons out of the man’s son and lifts him off the ground to stand in his newfound freedom. 


We can only imagine the relief and joy the father felt seeing his son restored to health and freed from captivity. But before he could see his son healed, he had to confess his unbelief to Jesus. Sometimes, we need an opportunity to pray and give God our fears so He can be our strength. We must admit our shortcomings and imperfections and let Him fill those gaps. He is always ready and willing to strengthen our faith, but we must allow Him in to do His work.


Our Team’s Heart Behind “I Believe” 

Our worship team wrote this song on a writing retreat where they were praying for inspiration for upcoming worship songs. Their heart cry was a desperation for the truth, desiring to receive and sing a reminder of who God is and what He can do. When we go through hard times, we need a reminder that He’s still good, He’s still God, and He’s still in control no matter how we feel. The song gives believers an anthem to sing and declare that they believe in the truth of who God says He is regardless of their circumstances. 


As we declare this song, we completely surrender our feelings, thoughts, and desires to Jesus. We trust our God to work, move, and proclaim His goodness over every situation, regardless of how it may seem. We trust His Word and His way, much like the father in Mark 9. 


Why Is the Cover Image Blurry? 

The cover image on the song was intentionally created to be blurry and to represent the experience that sometimes the path of life feels hazy and unclear. When circumstances are full of uncertainty, we have an opportunity to ask God to increase our faith and help our unbelief. The closer we get to God, the more we trust Him because we see the truth. We can remind ourselves and each other that He is working in our waiting and is in control of every detail of our lives. 


Ask God to Help Your Unbelief 

God invites our honesty. He wants us to tell him when we are tempted to believe He has forgotten us. That’s why this song is so powerful. It allows us to voice surrender and faith, asking God to help our unbelief. If you are struggling to believe that God is still in control, try praying this simple prayer:


“Father God, the cry of my heart is for increased faith. Even when I can’t see what you’re doing and feel like You’re silent, help me trust You. Help me to draw near and know that You are still God, and You are still good, always. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”



Maybe the trial you face today is an opportunity to boldly proclaim, “I believe that you are still God!” Declare this song over your life today, believing in God’s sovereignty over any situation and asking Him to help your unbelief.


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