Read: Mark 9:2-29
“But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us! And Jesus said to him, “If You can?” All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe, help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:22-24 NASB)
John Wesley notes that when the father asks, “help my unbelief,” he is really saying, “although my faith is so small that it might rather be termed unbelief, help me.”
In 1978, I purchased a 66 Olds Toronado, with 268,000 miles, for $800. It was a bucket of rust, to the point that the driver’s door handle came off in my hand one day as I tried to open the door. It came equipped with all the bells and whistles, went like the wind, had a fabulous sound system, and was affectionately called Shep (because you needed to say “Whoa Shep!” at every stop). Periodically, without warning, the points of the ignition switch would close, and there was absolutely no starting that car. The car would just turn over and over.
One afternoon, I was at Mary College to pick up my sister and go into town for a family activity. I tried repeatedly to start Shep to no avail. Finally, in desperation, I said, “Let’s pray.” There we were, sitting in the parking lot, holding hands, heads down, asking for God’s intercession. After a hearty, “AMEN,” I turned the key and the engine roared to life! Shock and awe ensued!
It is so easy to lose sight of God’s great power to do ALL things – even the small, everyday things. The lesson for both of us was to pray, have faith, trust God, and to be watchful that the points of our ignition aren’t closed.