Then, after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” — Mark 9:28 NET
The disciples were baffled and defeated that night while the Master was absent from them.
When the father came with his boy, they could not cast out the demon.
We are strong only when Christ is with us; we are weak when He is absent from us. Yet the disciples need not have failed in their effort. Jesus chided them for their lack of faith. The father also showed little faith, for in his request he said to Jesus, “If Thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Jesus replied, “If thou canst! All things are possible to him that believeth.”
The father’s little faith stood in the way of the child’s restoration.
It must often be so, that lack of faith in parents’ keeps blessings away from their children. This is a startling thought, that our want of faith may keep blessings from others. Our prayer should be that of this father’s: “I believe; help Thou my unbelief.”
A Christian should always be able to do impossible things. Nothing is impossible if we believe.
Mornings With God - September 17
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.