In my One Year Bible reading back in February, I passed over these words in Mark 9:24.
They could be my words.
Related to this, I like what Tim Keller wrote in his latest book, King’s Cross:
Through Jesus we don’t need perfect righteousness, just repentant helplessness, to access the presence of God. Jesus could have told the man, “I am the glory of God in human form. Purify your heart, confess all your sins, get rid of all your doubts and your double-mindedness. Once you have surrendered to me totally and can come before me with a pure heart, then you can ask for the healing you need.” But Jesus doesn’t say that–not at all (p. 128).