I. Like the disciples, you and I sometimes become disoriented.
II. Like the scholars, sometimes you and I become skeptical.
III. Like the father, you and I sometimes become fearful.
This man’s desperation and fear were immediately recognized by Jesus. Our Lord knew suffering and pain when He saw it. He saw it not only in the son but also in the father.
When the father explained the terrible problem his son experienced, he made a plea: “If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”
Jesus focused on the word “if.” “There are no if’s among believers. Anything can happen.” Then the father offered his timid prayer.
“Then I believe. Help me with my doubts.”
“I believe! Help me with my doubts!” That is a timid prayer. Jesus then proceeded to heal the son and joy erupted with the father.
What a prayer! What tremendous power of a timid prayer!!!
The power is not in the prayer; it is in the One who hears it!!
Do you understand that? The power is in the One who hears it and answers it.
1. We are tempted to pray when we know how.
2. Sometimes we do not pray because we feel like we have failed in prayer. “I tried it and it didn’t work for me,” one young person told me.
3. Sometimes we do not pray because we think it runs counter to our own philosophy of life.
G. Campbell Morgan was a great English preacher. He was a prolific writer. He tells of a lady who was confined to the bed almost all her life with a debilitating disease. She was a woman of prayer. Her prayer was that a revival would come to her church. This lady read a revival pamphlet about Dwight L. Moody and prayed that he might come to her church. D. L. Moody had already been to England and preached widely in that country. His 1867/1872 return visit was for pleasure. However, after hearing about this lady’s desire, he preached a revival at her church. He also visited her. (Ten days – 400 members) Moody signed a birthday book, February 1872. Marianne Adland said to G. Campbell Morgan that she prayed for Dwight L. Moody until he died before 1900. “Now,” she said to G. Campbell Morgan, “I will be praying for you as you travel to America.”
There is tremendous power in even the most timid prayer!