“And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And oft times it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Mark 9:21-22 KJV
How long? Jesus asked the boy’s father, how long has this been going happening. Since a child, this father had watched his son be tormented. The demons had thrown his son into fire and into water attempting to kill him. And yet, this father could do nothing to help him; nothing to deliver his son. There was great torment for this father as well. Watching attacks of the enemy, feeling powerless is difficult. Oftentimes, we struggle with sickness, disease, emotional dismay and demonic attacks without any answers. This father desired his son be set free. He sought the religious leaders, without success. His persistence led him to the disciples, once again to no avail. By the time he made it to Jesus, the father said, if You can, have compassion on us. Jesus, You are our last resort. The attacks have not stopped and failure has knocked us down. Finally, this natural father ran out of options. Bringing him to Jesus was his only hope. Praise God, he never gave up on him. This father, cried out to the Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, please show us compassion. The father consistently prayed, saying US. US, denoting, I stand with my son, my son is not alone, my son is not cast away, when my son hurts – so do I, I love my son and I am in pain also. Can we hear the heart of Our Father, God saying, I see, I hear and I love You. The Father, sent Jesus to deliver us. The deliverance our natural fathers could not provide, Our Father in heaven provided. Some fights, have lasted all of our lives, but, deliverance has come! We must continue to fast, pray, intercede and stand in the gap for our sons and daughters. As Intercessors, we wage war in prayer, we don’t give up or give into the attacks. We carry them to Jesus, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God. Jesus says, bring them to me this time. When all else has failed, Jesus never fails. There is deliverance at the feet of Jesus.