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!”
The boy’s father still needs God’s solution after the disciples’ failure. He speaks to Jesus saying, ‘if you can’. The boy’s father knew the disciples could not. Perhaps, Jesus can. How often might we ask Jesus ‘if he can’? We have seen instances where prayers of well meaning people ‘could not’.
Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes. The man replies that he does believe and needs help to overcome his unbelief. So which is it? Do you believe or not believe? In your battle between belief and unbelief, one of them will lead. There are no 50-50 balances between faith and doubt. Either belief has the majority vote in your life or the opposition rules.
This man chose to put what he believes first. I do believe. Help my unbelief.
You cannot resolve doubt without the presence of faith to lead the way. What are you doing with your doubts and questions? Unless you are lead first by what you do believe, you will not get answers that satisfy.
In the face of failure, this man chose to trust God. The experience of others showed dramatic help from the hands of God. The man had reason to believe that God could change his reality. The opposition leaders were quick to point out the disciples’ ineffectiveness. There are always at least two opinions on matters that require faith.
The real question is which leads you? Belief or unbelief? Faith or doubt? You cannot stay fixed in place. Eventually you will know what you choose to believe. What do you choose to believe?
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. How has God spoken to you?
Have you spent too long on the killing floor and lost your sense of smell? It’s time to climb the mountain of prayer and let God be seen for whom He is.
I do believe. Help my unbelief.