If you can
Jesus arrives at a big fight going down. His rebuke, then, is not about the father seeking relief for his son. Instead it is about those bickering rather than showing love and compassion to the ones being victimized. Jesus, then, will demonstrate true compassion and asks to see the boy.
The boy’s father asks Jesus to help “if you can.” Jesus takes exception at that. He’s God. There is no “if you can.” Of course he can. The man’s response is the prayer of all of us who see now through a glass dimly: Lord I believe, help me overcome my unbelief.
Doubt is not a sin. Struggle in your faith is not to be overlooked. In the midst of your own dark night of the soul cry out: Lord I believe, help my unbelief