I’m currently having an amazing time reading through Isaiah. Tonight, for a little while, I deviated via another blog to Mark 9 where Jesus kicks an evil spirit out of someone’s son. Verses 14-29 cover that story in detail. I love the bit where the Lord gives a “You what?” kind of response. See, when you think of it, we all say we believe. Not for nothing did Christ ask “Will I still find faith on the earth when I return?” (From Luke 18).
We believe, eh? Well, what about when we pray? We’re supposed to be able to ask anything in His name that our joy may be full: (From John 16).
Faith. It means to ask, and it means to believe. I got a sense, while reading the account in Mark 9 of Jesus looking around himself at those who were witness to Him driving out that evil spirit from the boy. Someone questioned Him about this. (One of the disciples). “Why could we not cast it out?” According to Christ, some of these evil demons cannot be removed except by prayer and fasting.
But, before He gets to that bit; after looking around the crowd who were there, can you imagine, like I did, the Lord, being fed right up with the show of faithlessness, saying something like: “You believe? Yet you come to Me asking for help and you don’t believe I can do it? You faithless lot! How dare you tell Me you believe and don’t afterwards trust Me. That nothing is too hard for Me. Learn to truly believe.”
Yes. That’s faith, folks. Well, it works for me as I contemplate the words and deeds of Christ.