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Mark 9:22-23New Living Translation (NLT)

22b. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”


In the passage above, a father has a son in need of great healing. He knows enough to bring him to Jesus, but he doesn’t really know if Jesus can heal his son. Jesus response is classic. I can imagine the look on Jesus face as to say, “Are you serious?”

Did Jesus just “read” this dad? Oh yes he did!

It’s amazing to me that we will take our problems to Jesus and then doubt if he can actual solve them. We hem and haw over the issue and fumble out “if it’s your will I need so and so” We often come to the throne of grace accepting that defeat is our portion. We ask for a miracle but we don’t have faith in the miracle worker. We’ve been told to pray but haven’t really understood the power within the person we are praying too.

I do believe that all I have to do is take it to Jesus. But I can’t go doubting his abilities. I have to go to him in full confidence that the outcome is the best thing for me. I don’t need a second opinion with him. He is indeed the specialist. He has mastered problem solving. He is the authority.

When you really need a touch from the Lord the word “if” shouldn’t be anywhere near your prayer. If = doubt, maybe and unsure

When you believe all things are possible; impossible doesn’t exist.

Believe it is and it will be.