April 14, Reading 3 – Mark 9:14-32


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SAA Notes

What disciples could not do, Jesus could! This is a good lesson to learn – look first to the Lord in prayer, before looking to disciples – or great spiritual leaders. There can be much we don’t understand. Ask about anything you don’t understand in the reading today.

SJA Notes

* Lord God, please teach us today from Your word, draw us closer to You, grow our love for You.

“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!'”

This dad knew the depths of worry and concern for his child.

And he knew himself, tired beyond belief, anxiety and worry clouding and crowding in, making it hard to think and see beyond the next time the evil spirit took hold of his son.

“I believe; help my unbelief!”

This is the cry of a soul bent before its King, having belief but understanding the frailty of that belief from our side of things.

The father of this child knew what it meant to despair, but here we see that hope blossoms in him.

“I believe; help my unbelief!”

This must be our cry too.

We are sinners still, in need of our Saviour Jesus day-in-and-out.

Our minds and feeble and our hearts lacking in courage, we can shift and spin as the world-winds blow at us.


Our King is like no other. Our Saviour has the power like no other. Our God loves us and works for our good – There is none like Him.

Let us cry out to Jesus today and onwards, as the father here did,

“I believe; help my unbelief!”

* Almighty God,

You are strong, all-powerful and knowing and seeing. There is none like You.

Please help us today, for we on our own we are helpless.


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