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THE FAITHFUL FATHER



 

Forty-something years ago, I preached my first sermon. As a trembling teenaged preacher, I proclaimed that the epileptic boy’s faithful father came to the Right Person, he prayed the Right Prayer, and he received the Right Result.

 

He came to the Right Person. First, he came looking for Jesus, but found only the disciples. “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t” (Mark 9:17-18).

 

While the other nine apostles remained in town, Jesus had been with Peter, James, and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. When the Lord returned, “the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into convulsions. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ Jesus asked his father. ‘From childhood,’ he said. ‘And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us’ ” (Mark 9:20-22).

 

The distraught daddy came to the Right Person, and though faithless and feeble, he prayed the Right Prayer. “Lord, “have compassion on us and help us!”

 

This, of course, elicited the Right Result. Though the disciples had been impotent in their attempts to heal the boy, nothing is impossible for Jesus! Nothing!

 

Can you read that story without wondering what later became of the faithful father and his son? Someday we’ll know the rest of the story.

 

“… think on these things” (Philippians 4:8, KJV).




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