Mark 9:21-24: Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
We discussed Mark 9 in Bible study some time ago.
Jesus came down from the mountain after the Transfiguration with Peter, James, and John. He found the other disciples in a crowd with a hubbub. A father had brought his son, possessed by an unclean spirit, and they could not cast it out.
Jesus seemed perplexed, asking how long he was to put up with these people and their lack of faith. Later, in the house, away from the crowd, he explained to the disciples that this could only happen by prayer.
Jesus had earlier given the disciples the power to cast out demons. They were excited about what they could do. And left alone without Jesus for a while, they tried to meet this great need by their own power. Jesus reminded them they needed to rely on God for the power to do what had to be done.
The father of the boy, however, had the right answer.
I am glad for this reminder. With my own weak power, I can do nothing. I pray I remember to depend on God for the needs I have and for the needs of those I love.