14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
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!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”
27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.
“Prayer of Courage: Help Me”
The prayer “God, Help Me” has us humbly approaching Jesus in a way that minimizes our abilities and directs us to the source of our strength. Often times we believe we can do things in our own strength and forget that all things in our life are directed and orchestrated by God for His glory.
In this scripture Jesus points to his followers unbelief as the source of their weakness and gives them a solution. He calls them to pray and fast. Jesus understood that the real challenge to his disciples and to us is our lack of trust and obedience to the Father in our circumstances of life.
Pastor Don called us to pray a very dangerous prayer, but also be willing to humble ourselves and realize that often our struggles come from a lack of faith in the power of Jesus Christ. There is authority in His name.
He encourages you to pray like the father in Mark, “Lord help me with my unbelief. The disciples also prayed this same prayer in Luke 17:5, “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” This is a dangerous prayer because God will in fact show up and answer this call. The Lord wants us to draw near to Him so He can strengthen our resolve and equip us for our struggles in life. Our response is to identify our need for His power and often our lack of faith in His abilities.
Teacher: Don Coleman
Local Church: East End Fellowship