The Boy with an Evil Spirit


Chapter 33
An evil spirit in a boy

One day when some people came to Jesus and His disciples, one of them asked the Savior to help his son. The man had already asked the disciples to heal his son, but they could not. The son had an evil spirit in him that made him hurt himself. Mark 9:14–18

The boy fell to the ground

Jesus had the man get his son. When the boy came, the evil spirit made him fall to the ground. Mark 9:19–20

The boy had the evil spirit since birth

When the Savior asked how long the evil spirit had been in the boy, He was told that it had been in him since he was a child. Mark 9:21

The father had faith

Jesus said that He could heal the son if the father had faith. The father began to cry. He said that he had faith. Mark 9:23–24

Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave

Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the boy and to never go into him again. The evil spirit was angry. It hurt the boy again. Then it obeyed Jesus and came out of the boy. Mark 9:25–26

Jesus helped the boy stand up

The boy was so quiet that many people said that he was dead. But Jesus took his hand and helped him stand up. He was healed. The evil spirit was gone. Mark 9:26–27

Fasting and prayer important

Later the disciples asked Jesus why they had not been able to make the evil spirit go out of the boy. Jesus told them that to make the evil spirit go out, they should have fasted and prayed for more faith. Matt. 17:20–21; Mark 9:28–29

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett