A few days ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram timeline and I saw a Jackie Hill Perry’s post about her prayer time that morning. what struck me had absolutely nothing to do with the picture she had posted, and everything to do with the caption of said post.
Her caption read –
“As I was praying today, I began one sentence with “God, if it’s possible…” But the words didn’t feel right. Felt like something I’d say to a human. Not God. I corrected myself and began again by saying “God, if you are willing.” That felt better.”
JACKIE HILL PERRY, INSTAGRAM
Suddenly, I was taken back to my devotion time about two mornings before that when I was reading in the Bible about the man whose child the disciples had been trying to heal but could not in Mark 9:14-29 NLT
In that portion of scripture, Jesus happens upon a crowd of people gathering his disciples and there was so much argument in the air. He finds that the reason for the crowd and rowdiness is a man’s demon-possessed son whom he had brought to the disciples to heal but “…they couldn’t do it” (v.18).
I know majority of us have read this portion of scripture before and probably know this story inside and out but what stood out for me was in v.22 after Jesus asked the boy’s father how long it had been happening, he said
âThe spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.â
Umm…if he can? You are standing before Jesus and you say “if you can”? It’s like seeing the richest man in the world and asking ‘if he can’ give you $1. I was stunned. How could he have said that? The audacity of underestimation, I thought. I was sinking deep into this sea of judgement when immediately I was reminded that like this boy’s father, a vast majority of us approach God in prayers with the same “if you can” mentality.
I’d like to think that after the amount of time the disciples spent trying to cast out the demon, whatever hope this man had of his son getting healed had fizzled away and he had now come to accept the impossibility of the situation hence the ‘…if you can’ statement. This is a lot of us today. We have tried all the ways our minds can possibly fathom and then we take the situation to God, having already concluded that it is now impossible, forgetting that we have come before the One who determines what is possible and what isn’t. We forget that we have come before the One who makes even what we deem impossible, possible. We let our humanity and short-sightedness cloud our vision and we go before God already belittling Him in our hearts.
Friends, a lot of us are guilty of this. See the man saying “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief” was a cry for help. He had realized that there were darts of unbelief poking holes in his cloud of belief and he acknowledged that he needed help. We need to humble ourselves and ask God to help rid us of every dart of unbelief poking holes at our cloud of belief so we can cultivate a cloud so thick we can approach God with confidence to ask that He step into whatever situation we are in and take over. Because the Bible says in 620-461-0134 “…for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lordâ
STAY FOCUSED AND BELIEVE!