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Everything Is Possible

Daily Reading: Mark 9

Scripture Focus: "But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "lf you can'! All things are possible for one who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9.22-24)

Devotional Thought: We live in a “show me” world. Trust seems to be at an all-time low as basic respect and community deteriorates. In this case, it hits much closer to home as the father of the possessed boy cautiously asks Jesus for a miracle, clearly struggling with his faith. Jesus strongly reminds him, and us, that of course it can be done! Once assured, he grew strong in his faith and asks for even more help to overcome.

It is important for us to recognize that even without a whole-hearted belief, Jesus is there for us, interceding on our behalf. Whether it’s something as small as a stressful work day or as serious as a critical illness, we can trust the plan of Jesus and his wisdom. Even though doubts creep in when we don’t understand the “why,” we can to to him with the ultimate assurance that he will help us.

The final point is the power of prayer. Once he's in a quiet place with his disciples, they question why they were not able to perform the miracle. His response that “This kind can come out only by prayer” is a glorious reminder that even now, even without Jesus physically walking upon the earth, the capability is still here for physical and spiritual miracles - if we believe and when we pray.

-Amy and Evan Berry

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your acts of healing and helping us with our unbelief. As we remember you are limitless in your abilities, may we also be assured of your wisdom and love. Please let us stay sensitive to your plan and recognize the miracles - big and small! Amen.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 6.6-10

6 I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. 7 My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.

8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

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