Day 7

January 9

Mark 9

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “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.”
23 “‘If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


We walk onto the scene where a dad has brought his son to Jesus in desperation. The son has a spirit in him that is harmful and debilitating. First, the spirit recognizes the presence of God in Jesus. The impure spirit throws the boy on the ground and is doing everything it can to get away from Jesus. We learn that the spirit has tried to kill the boy multiple times by harming him. The father is desperate for his son to be ok, to be normal again.

“If you can…”(v.22) is probably not a challenge to Jesus’ authority, but a plea for help. The man probably had to bring his son through the crowd of people to get to Jesus, and if you have ever traveled with kids you know that alone is a challenge! I remember the first time I took students on a trip to a different country and getting everyone through the airport was scary enough! Imagine bringing a child that is having convulsions and foaming at the mouth through this huge crowd that is all trying to get their moment with Jesus!

It would be easy to assume that a part of what the father was feeling about bringing his son to Jesus was a burden. That he was wasting Jesus’ time or bothering Him. That can sometimes be how we feel when we bring our requests or our problems to Him. “Jesus, if you could help find me a job, if you could help me lead my family, if you could heal my relative, if you could…” How many times do we pray like this, feeling like we are a burden? How many times do we say these words with unbelief?

Jesus’ response in verse 23 shows us where we stand when we pray! That we pray to the One who nothing is impossible for. The One who is capable to change weather and heal medical mysteries is available to you! 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

The father says five words that I want to challenge you to pray today and the days that follow. Whenever you face difficulties or troubles, remind yourself of Who is in your corner. We lean on the authority of Christ that we have access to because of the cross. “Help me with my unbelief” over every situation, every problem, every stressor. Lord, help us with our unbelief today. Help us to surrender our anxieties, our burdens, and our worries to You, knowing that You are enough!

Question: What is one thing you can surrender to Christ today that will help in your pursuit of Him?

Pastor Blake McCarty
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