Running into a familiar scenario in today’s Gospel. (Mark 9:14-29)
When you have done everything you could.
When you have followed all kinds of advice.
When you have read all the information you need to.
When you have asked all sorts of people for their opinions.
Still, the problem is there.
Still, you are sick.
Still, what you’re asking for doesn’t come.
Still, you don’t have the answer.
And, still the bad spirit doesn’t go away.
Why can’t we drive it out?
What is the last thing you haven’t done?
The one thing you should have done.
The most powerful you can do against any kind of spirit.
Pray. This kind can only come out through prayer.
It’s when Grace, when He takes over.
I love the Gospel of Mark not because it’s the shortest but because it packs all the punches. Today’s Gospel has another snarky biting verse where Jesus said — “If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.” right when the person asking Him for a miracle presented his doubts because they have done everything by then, and they don’t know what to do anymore.
So, that’s the other thing, maybe more important than the prayer, and what goes before the prayer — faith or belief. Prayer works when you believe. Check your heart or soul. Does it believe?
In a time of sorrow.
When everything is uncertain.
When everything feels lost.
When you feel unanchored — free but no direction.
He can. He did. He will.
So can you. So did you. So will you. With His grace. When you believe.
“I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”