Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:23-24

One of the most striking parts of this biblical passage is the father’s brutal honesty. While Jesus’s declaration that everything is possible to those who have faith inspires us to “ask abundantly so our joy may be full, (John 16:24),” it is the raw, naked confession of the father that really tugs at my heart.

He’s not lauding the reasons why he deserves a miracle nor is he just nodding his head, like many today, and saying “thanks for the encouraging sermon Pastor Jesus” while expecting nothing to change in his life.

With all the sincerity he could muster, the father confessed his faith—admitted it wasn’t perfect— and asked Christ to help him get rid of his lingering doubts.

What a refreshing reminder that we can be HONEST with God!

Every Christian struggles, but too often we prefer to cloak our fears and insecurities behind a veil of good works, piety, or self-righteousness. How much better to be open with the God to whom all things are naked and bare (Hebrews 4:13).

But the grief-stricken father didn’t stop at admitting his flaws. He went on to ask for Christ’s transforming power to help him rise above his fallen humanity.

It’s easy to become apathetic about our frailties. I see it all the time as an educator. Some students become unwilling to try because they’ve convinced themselves that they’re just going to fail anyway.

But this father showed us that God is interested in our success. He’s willing to meet us where we are to give us power to conquer ourselves through His Spirit.

Like him, may we freely confess our weaknesses then cry out to God to help us rise above our condition. That’s when God’s power is displayed in our lives.

JP Robinson


But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

My mother couldn’t have children.

She suffered from ovarian cysts and, after 6 years of trying, the doctors told my parents that nothing could be done.

But there was one thing that the medical team didn’t take into consideration–the power of prayer.

My dad and mom went into serious prayer about the issue and God answered. They were blessed with not one… not two… but three children all of whom are following God. What was once considered impossible is now history.

That’s what faith does. It turns tragedy into triumph and transforms victims into victors. If we turn it loose on our circumstances, we’ll realize that impossibilities are really only miracles yet to happen.

The world is full of failure because it has forgotten the power of faith.

But that doesn’t have to be your story.

Believe. With God, all things are still possible.

JP Robinson

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Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16 KJV

This morning while reading this encouraging verse, the thought struck me that many times Christians don’t realize the power of their prayers because prayer itself is not seen. The Western world is programmed to believe in things that are tangible. If we can’t prove it, we don’t believe it.

Prayer defies that.

God expects us to recognize that, while our prayers are unseen by ourselves and those around us, they are not unseen by Him. Our words, spoken from hearts of faith and wrapped in the name of Jesus Christ, pass through dimensions into the very Throne Room of God.

Our prayers are bullets, zipping through hordes of demonic forces. Does one bullet win a war? Hardly. It takes countless thousands. Yet Christians often become discouraged when we pray a few times about an issue but don’t see change.

We must not stop firing our spiritual gun when things appear to remain unchanged or even get worse. Instead we should intensify our firepower!

The Bible tells us that if we are righteous (through Jesus Christ of course), our prayers are taking an effect. They are working. And while we may not see them now, we must hold fast our confession with confidence, knowing that we will see the effects of our prayers someday.

JP Robinson

I’m sure that every Christian parent feels concern about their child’s spiritual life at some point or another. It’s quite natural. God Himself was touched by that concern when He ran through the Garden of Eden, screaming,

“Adam, Adam, where are you?”

When our child strays, the question each parent needs to ask is not, “why is this happening?” but “what am I going to do about it?”

It might seem that we parents are powerless, that a permissive world, which is quick to label Christian parents as “judgmental”, is too strong.

But that’s a lie.

Each Christian praying parent is a spiritual power house, a vortex of faith and courage.

We are equipped with the ability to contact God.

We are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We are dynamic individuals, built to call on God until He answers and touches the lives of those we love.

Being a powerhouse is no easy job.

Like Thomas, the faithful father in  In the Shadow of Your Wings,  we are called to give of ourselves, to support our children in prayer, to stand firm in our principles while loving them unconditionally.

The process can be emotionally draining. But, like any powerhouse, change is only accomplished when we give everything we have.

Don’t stop praying. Sooner or later, that prodigal will come home.

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