“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

A few weeks ago we posted a portion of these
scriptures on the front walls of the sanctuary here at
AGBC. The timing was meant to coincide with the
beginning of our fifty days of prayer. Now after
several weeks of prayer it is time to consider their
meaning and possible impact.

The man Jesus is speaking to is a concerned
father whose son is tormented by a “dumb” or
speechless spirit. The disciples could not help the
boy. Jesus and His word are the object of the man’s
faith. The object or target of our faith needs to be the
same. Many people have some sort of faith but it has
no focal point or perhaps a wrong focal point.

Jesus then questions this man’s ability to
believe. The word “it” can be a very big word.
Believing is more than just an ability one has or has
not. It also involves a decision or choice we make.
Sometimes the only thing hindering our faith is our
indecisive ‘minds and personalities. Something is
wrong when we believe the weather man but not
Jesus Christ.

The next few words open to this man and us a
vast horizon of possibilities; “All things are possible”.
Faith in what our Lord has to say is a very powerful
thing. This young boy’s healing is just the tip of the
iceberg. No doubt this vast horizon is not meant to
include the wicked imaginations of man, but all
things within the realm of God’s promises and godly
behavior can be accomplished by faith. This truth
should motivate us to pray bigger.

After hearing what Jesus said this earthly
father immediately recognized his own inner
weakness. The man did not try to fool Jesus with a
false sense of piety. Far too many of us struggle with
admitting to God our spiritual short comings. Men
especially hate to admit weakness.

The sooner we are honest to God about our condition
the better. This man, for his son’s sake, could not afford
to be dishonest. He knew there was a battle within his
soul between believing and not believing. This man is
not a exception to the rule, he is a perfect example of
the vast majority of us all.

Having quickly acknowledged his problem to
Jesus this man, with heartfelt tears, cries out for help. A
grown man weeping in prayer over his lack of faith is
precious and rare. The tears were more than just
compassion and empathy for the man’s son. Every
father needs God’s help to provide for his family. On
many occasions their needs will be beyond the scope of
our aid. Moms and Dads who believe God and His
word will have a greater impact on their children’s lives
than those who don’t.

As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach,
will we do more than just read God’s word? Let us
continue to meet with Jesus in our prayer closets. The
possibilities are endless for our families, our church,
our nation, and the Kingdom of God!

See You In Church,
Pastor