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Feb 17, 2019

 

Mark 9:22-24

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NRSV
22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

KJV
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.


What does this scripture mean to you?
Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?
How does this scripture make you feel?

Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.

Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:

Each and every person must face doubt in their life. This can take many forms or occur at distinct times in our lives but none of us escape it. The question is how we should respond. This is made easier when we realize that each and every thought that we have is by its very nature transitory. We are not thoughts. We are therefore not what we think about ourselves.

Nevertheless there is a deeper message here. Jesus is teaching us that perfect faith is not a prerequisite to receive his blessings. He does not expect that our minds will forever remain free of doubt, rather that we are willing to work it out and approach him with those doubts.

Jesus tells the father of this boy possessed of a devil that God can do all thing for those that have faith. The man’s response is that his faith is true but not perfect. Jesus performs the miracle. As we continue to request blessings from God in each prayer may we have the same qualifier in our hearts regarding the response. Lord I believe, bless my unbelief.

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.

Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:

Details:

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Final Question: How can being honest with God about your failings help.?

Final Thought:
We are not limited by temporary thoughts. When those thoughts become recurrent and frequent visitors they become more likely to affect our actions. With God’s help we can overcome even troubling thoughts. We do not need to feel like we have secrets from God. When he asks for faith we don’t have to pretend that we have more than we actually do. He knows anyway. I think he is please when we approach him in honest humility and ask for his help. Our efforts alone will yield failure compared to the potential available to all those who are strengthened from asking for what we truly need from God. This honestly is the core of repentance which we need in our lives.

 

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