You know the story. It is found in Mark 9:14-27.
The Situation in the Passage
A man’s son was possessed by an evil and violent spirit. This spirit gave the boy convulsions and cast him into fire and water threatening his destruction. It is easy to imagine that this father had tried everything he could think of and probably struggled with hopelessness. He asked the disciples to cast out the spirit but they were not able to cast it out.
Then Jesus enters the scene. In desperation, the man pleads for his son: If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus responds: If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.
The man gives his classic reply: I believe; help my unbelief.
Your Situation in Life
Perhaps you have experienced this tension in your life. You believe but sometimes struggle with unbelief, especially when things seem to be spinning out of control. The prayer of this man might be your prayer: I believe; help my unbelief.
If so, you can be encouraged by two things in this passage:
1. The man’s incomplete faith was enough: Jesus responded to the man’s desperate request; he rebuked and drove out the evil spirit (vs. 25-27).
In situations where this is your prayer, it is enough for Jesus to work. You need to look to him to give you the grace to believe and to pray as this man prayed.
2. Faith is more than inner comfort—it changes human reality. When Jesus acts, situations change; when Jesus is present, the impossible can happen.
Even this week, you may face times of difficulty and doubt, of feeling like things are beginning to spin out of control. This passage is an encouragement to bring those things to Jesus knowing that you can pray, I believe; help my unbelief, and it will be enough for you to experience the presence and grace of Jesus.