So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth. ‘How long has this been happening?’ Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, ‘Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.’ ‘What do you mean, ‘If I can’?’ Jesus asked. ‘Anything is possible if a person believes.’ (Mark 9:20-23)
In desperation, a loving father who is unable to help his son turns to Jesus and begs of him, “Have mercy on us and help us if you can.” Jesus responded quickly, “What do you mean, “If I can?’”
Some consider his tone one of bewilderment, frustration, or rebuke. Perhaps, but I hear from him the confident, resolute, “Of course I can and I will!” Then with compassion and overwhelming certainly in the power and authority of his Father’s kingdom, he ends the long suffering of the man’s son, and transformation comes!
The authority of Christ is not limited. All authority in heaven and on earth is his. There are no boundaries, no limitations; there are no restraints of any type to keep Jesus from doing what he desires to do. When God determines something to be done, there is no “If”.
Your word is clear, to trust you for deliverance from the evil one. To trust you for protection, provision, and to overcome any obstacles or strategies of darkness planned against me. Still, I have times, when like the father in this story, doubt fights cruelly and consistently. Yes I believe, but as the Psalmist wrote, “Help me in my unbelief.” You are the Lord of all things possible. Amen.
“but rescue us from the evil one.”