Check out the account as recorded by Mark. Read Mark 9:14-29. You can also find this account in Matthew 17:14-18 and Luke 9:38-43.
I find the interaction between Jesus and the father fascinating.
"How long has he been like this?"Boy's father:
"From childhood. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."Jesus:
"If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes."Boy's father:
"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
The following is what Bruce Carter said about this encounter in his message on Sunday.
I love this man's response. It's so sincere. It's so honest. It's so real. And I can relate to it. That's how I so often feel about my faith. I believe, Jesus, help me overcome my unbelief.
I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead. I believe that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and one day is coming back to set up his kingdom on this earth. I believe that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I believe that Jesus has forgiven my sin and given me eternal life and brought me into his kingdom. I believe all that.
But can I trust Jesus to guide my life? Can I trust Jesus to take care of my kids? Can I trust Jesus to pay the bills? Can I trust Jesus will not give me any more than I can bear? Can I trust Jesus to steer the bike we talked about a few weeks ago? Can I trust Jesus with my unanswered questions and the things I don't understand? Can I trust Jesus that it's worth denying myself, taking up my cross, and following him? Can I trust Jesus for those things? Lord I believe, help me overcome my unbelief."
Then after this father's response Jesus drives the evil spirit out of his boy.
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. (Mark 9:25-27)
Bruce Carter went on to say ...
Jesus took the man's faith as weak as it was and he worked with it. And he'll do the same with us. He'll take our weak and imperfect faith and he'll work with us too. And thank God he does."
This father's faith was strong enough to bring him to Jesus. He believed that Jesus could help his son.
This father's response to Jesus really connected with me. He has given words to how I feel right now. This is where I am at today. "I believe, help me Jesus with my unbelief." Help me to trust your will, your provision, your care. Today.
While men have no faith, they are unconscious of their unbelief; but, as soon as they get a little faith, then they begin to be conscious of the greatness of their unbelief." (Charles Spurgeon)