“‘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!”
(Mark 9:22b-24, NIV)
The man presented his sick child to the disciples, and at first his case seemed futile. Even the disciples could not call out the spirit that caused the child to convulse, sometimes even fall in the fire. Enter Jesus. The situation was admittedly tense. First, He rebukes His disciples, calling them an "unbelieving generation." Ouch. But, then, oh blessed moment, He calls for the child to be brought to Him.
The father cries out to Jesus. He wants Jesus to take pity on His son if there's any way to heal him.
Jesus confirms, "If?" Jesus clarifies: Jesus can't just do anything. He can do everything. It's a matter of the father's faith.
The word faith in the original language is used both sacredly (God given faith) and secularly (convincing oneself). Linguists look to the context to understand what kind of faith is intended?
I am certainly no linguist, but it seems like the father addresses both of these faiths. His cry to Jesus is this: I have done everything in my power to believe, so help me to believe with the faith that only God can give.
If that is what is required, than perhaps I should pray less to be fixed and pray more to be faithed.
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