And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you are able! —All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:20-24)
We have all had times when we have prayed for healing. Healing prayers asking for help to get through the day, to family, health (physical or emotional), financial, to food and shelter. The list can go on and on.
We cry out a desperate pray asking for healing. Then there is the waiting, wondering 'if' God will answer our request. Or as the father asked in the scripture, "have pity on us and help us." Maybe in our words we may say, " 'if' you can do anything Lord, have a heart and help us".
Jesus is saying, "there are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen, all things are possible for the one who believes.
Then is "Believing" and "Surrender" the same. By substituting "Surrender" in place of "Believing", then believing in God is Surrendering to His will; giving Him the power of healing in what is best for all.
Lent reminds us of the struggles Jesus encounted as a human with disappointments, being rejected, questioned, tempted, and suffered. On the cross Jesus asked "Why have You forsaken Me?" And finally surrendering to God's will, "Into Your hands I commend my spirit to you".
Gracious and comforting God, Forgive us for our lack faith and not trusting in You. We ask you to help us in our unbelief. May your presence be within us increasing our faith. In Christ Name, AMEN.
Rod Kotenbrink — St. Paul member