Wow. When you read the above passage, you can see that this little one’s dad, like us, did have belief, but he realized his limitations. He knew he had some unbelief in him as well, and he didn’t want anything to hinder his son’s deliverance. In essence, he asked Jesus to remove any barriers in himelf that could be a barrier to having his son restored to a normal life. He recognized that such spiritual purity or ability was beyond him, and so he asked the Lord for help.
Faith is a gift from God, and we can’t supply it or work it up using our own limited capacity. God allows challenges in our lives so that we can turn to Him for His deliverance. Yes, He wants us to do our part, but He also wants us to realize how limited that part is. When Jesus says that particular demon can only come out through prayer and fasting, I think He means that we need to be so close to God spiritually that His power overcomes all demonic resistance. Prayer and fasting are powerful spiritual tools that firmly connect us to God. Sometimes, God uses us as His instruments in healing or deliverance, and sometimes He directly intervenes. As His disciples now just like it was vital for His disciples then, it’s important for us to realize that even if we are spiritually blessed or gifted or empowered, there are limits that only God can transcend.
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