This is the only human part.
If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us, says the father of a boy tormented by a demon.
‘If you can’? replies Jesus. Everything is possible for him who believes.
To this light rebuke for lack of faith, the father quickly and wisely reacts: I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief! Mark 9:22-24 (NIV and paraphrase).
The man is teetering on the brink of success or failure, healing or continued sickness. The great challenge for him — his only participation in the arrangement since God is going to do all the rest — is to believe just a little bit more.
We have little to do as Christians. We do nothing but accept Jesus to be saved; we don’t earn it by good works. We do nothing but pray to receive miracles. We don’t earn them.
Virtually our only effort is to muster faith, to stir ourselves up to belief, to convince ourselves that God’s word is right and our reality is wrong. More faith.
This is the only human part. Because the other part — the actual performing of the miracle — that’s God part. Can I believe just a little bit more today?