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From One Father to Another

Weekly Devotionals

From One Father to Another

In the gospel of Mark, we see a helpless father cry out to Jesus to heal his son of the torment he has encountered by being demon-possessed. As a father myself, I cannot fathom what it would be like to see my child consumed with erratic and harmful actions towards himself. So obviously, the father pleads with Jesus…

“Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” (Mark 9:22)

Have you been here before? Someone you care about being tormented by something and taking control of their lives?

For example:

–Your child is making poor life decisions that are causing grave consequences.

–Someone dear to you has been suffering from a sickness or condition.

–Your spouse is pulling away and acting selfishly towards the family.

–Your parent is choosing to put a career or relationship before your needs.

–Your addiction to something is tearing you up from the inside out and causing hurt to others as a result.

Of course we want them and ourselves to be well and free. But in this story, Jesus, had required more than just a desperate plea.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked.
“Anything is possible if a person believes. The father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
(Mark 9:23)

And Jesus did it. He sensed the sincere faith of this man in his cry and healed his son. But what we see here in this father’s voice is a confession in his desperation. Deep in his spirit, he understands that God is the only one that can change both his faith and his situation.

In reality, the answer doesn’t always come so quickly and causes us to struggle with doubt. But if you read the story, this child has suffered with this problem for years. And the presence and power of Jesus in partnership with the faith and heart of this father are what brought redemption and healing. From one Father to another, God once again gave out of His goodness. And this is His desire for all of His children, so be bold in faith as you go to Him.