“Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear – the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me …”
These words were recorded from the sainted Mother Tersea in a Time Magazine article back in 2007. Though the article was published a few years ago, these words are still shocking to many people (not just Christians) today.
She told people God brings fulfillment, but felt a deep emptiness in her inner core.
- 1. Abide in Jesus. Translated in Greek, abide (the Greek word is meno) literally means “to make your home in.” When we make our home in his love and all he’s done for us, faith springs forth and doubt diminishes.
- 2. Think. Remember what you were like before you came to Jesus? Remember the day you came to faith in Christ for the first time? Remember that very difficult season of life that God brought you through? Remember that time of provision that God graciously bestowed on you? Remember what Jesus did for you on the cross? In times of doubt, remember, think, ponder, and mediate on everything God has already done for you. The person who begins to think will soon begin to thank.
- 3. Community. We were not meant to live the Christian life on our own. We all need community. That is, we all need a church to attend and serve regularly, and Christians around us to encourage continually. Share your doubts with other Christians and allow God to use them to speak into your life and help you with your doubts.
- 4. A special prayer. When we struggle with doubt or unbelief, we should humbly join in prayer with the father of the boy who was healed of an unclean spirit when he replied to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” after Jesus said, “All things are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23-24).