Posted by: springsinthedesert | March 30, 2011

Believe And Receive

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

             Mark 11:24

For today’s devotion, I would like you to read with me Mark 9:14-29. There we see Jesus healing a boy possessed with an evil spirit. His father had brought him to the disciples of Jesus and they could not heal him. So when Jesus appeared before the crowd, he brought the boy near Jesus and requested Him to heal his son.

I love to read the conversation between Jesus and the boy’s father…especially the part which says that even His disciples could not heal him. While reading that verse, I thought what was the reason behind it? Bible scholars say that it is due to the lack of faith of the disciples. They could not believe in themselves and understand the magnitude of God’s power in them and so  could not picturise a  miracle happening through their own hands. I was thinking in another aspect too. The miracle was not possible, not only because of the lack of faith of the disciples..but it might be also due to the lack of faith in the boy’s father. What might be the cause for his unbelief…. the duration of the sickness? the complexity of it or the fear of previous attempted failures of healing? Whatever might be the cause, when he approached Jesus..his heart was just the same…unbelief, doubt, fear.

Is this the same with us? Do we approach God after all our other attempts have failed? Do we put our trust in others to solve our problems…While all this time, our miracle is with Him? All we have to do is to approach Him and ask Him for a deliverance.

Even after approaching the great physician, the boy’s father is asking Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”. “IF YOU CAN??” It is nothing but the outward expression of the unbelief in his heart.

How often do we approach Jesus with this same question..”If you can really do this for me Jesus…if you could just heal me..if you could open that door for me…if you could just deliver me” …And we often misunderstand this attitude with humbleness before the Lord. We think that we are coming before the throne of God with humbleness when in reality it shows our lack of confidence in Him with whom we have entrusted our lives.

To that man, Jesus answered, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes” . He is saying the same to you and me..Don’t just come to Him because you failed everywhere else..Come to Him because your answer is only with Him. No matter how worse your condition is and how long you have been with that problem…when you are in His presence..your miracle is just a word away. But He acts in response to your faith. We read that the boy’s father cried out to Jesus for helping him overcome his disbelief. And I’m sure that Jesus answered His prayers..poured out faith in Him and also healed his son. He is going to do the same for you if you surrender your lack of faith before Him.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Thank you Rani, for strengthening our faith and leading us on in Jesus! God bless you and love on you today!


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