Jesus encounters a father with a boy who has a mute spirit since childhood that the disciples could not cast out and says, “Bring him to me.” In the immediate presence of Jesus the spirit is agitated and begins to manifest inside the boy. The man has been dealing with this so long that his faith seems more than tested, even shaken as he says to Jesus “If You can do anything…………” In that moment it’s as if Jesus was thinking: (if I can do anything???). Jesus responds to the mans “If You” with His own “If you”; “If you can believe!”
Then comes the promise: “All things are possible to him who believes.” In hearing the promise of God from Jesus the man cries out to God in desperation and faith “I believe, help my unbelief.” As the account goes, the boy is healed of the mute spirit and raised up. All things are possible…..
There are many lessons to be learned from this account:
1. Bring people to Jesus - we cannot help them on our own. We already read in Mark 2 about the 4 friends who brought the paralytic to Jesus. A theme is developing here, no number or power of man can do what Jesus can do. Bring people to Jesus.
2. All things are possible to him who believes. It was clear from the way the man asked Jesus “If” Jesus could do anything, that his faith was weak at best. Matthew 19:26 tells us that “ALL things are possible with God.” In John 14:1 Jesus says “You believe in God believe also in Me.” All things are possible to him who believes.
3. Prayer and fasting develops belief. The disciples could not cast the spirit out, but Jesus could. Jesus explained that this was simply a matter of prayer, sacrificial prayer (fasting). Prayer is the key. It opens our eyes to those who need Jesus, strengthens us to bring them to Him, increases our faith, and brings on miracles in our lives.
You or someone you know may be going through a struggle, and it may have lasted for decades. Come to Jesus. Tell Him, ask Him, listen to Him. ALL things are possible to him who believes in Jesus.
Matthew 11:5 The blind see, the lame walk; lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.
Jesus today help us to see what you see, help us to walk straight, narrow, and steadfast with perseverance, cleanse us and purify us, open our ears today to hear You, raise up the deadness in our lives so we can have our life in You today, Jesus, we are poor and need the Spiritual riches of the Kingdom of God to come. I’m coming to You, Jesus. I believe in You, Jesus. I’m here, and I’m willing to sacrifice for Your glory.