If You Can

If You Can

02 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Numbers 30-31; Mark 9


22 “…If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!” 23 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” 24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” (Mark 9:22-24 MSG)

This man had been facing a devastating problem for a long time. There was nothing he could do. Then Jesus was there and the man said, “If you can do anything, do it! Please!” Jesus replied, “There are no ‘ifs’ among believers!” And the man replied, “Then I believe. But this has been going on so long, the pattern is so well-established, and I’ve been so discouraged, please help me with my doubts!”

In Mark 1, Jesus responded to another “if.” A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” (Mark 1:40-41 MSG)

Two kinds of “ifs” – “If you can,” and “If you want to.” I’m thankful that both the “If you can” father and the “If you want to” leper experienced the transformational, miraculous power of God to meet their need.

I also believe. I believe Jesus is the son of God, that he died for my sins, that he rose again in power over death, that he went back to heaven and sent his Holy Spirit who lives in me and is with me and will never leave me. I believe the Bible is God’s word and so I read it and think about it every day and make some practical application to my own life. I believe. I believe Jesus can and I believe Jesus wants to.

But sometimes I also have doubts when I’m faced with a big challenge, when I get discouraged, when I don’t know what to do about something that is long-term and well-established and is blocking my way forward.

I’m thankful that I can honestly say to Jesus, “I believe. Help me with my doubts!”


Father, That’s my prayer today and on so many other occasions. I believe. Help me with my doubts. Thank you that you can and that you want to! Amen.

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