Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him. And He asked them," What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it." And He answered them and said, "O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? Bring him to Me!" They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening?"
And he said, "From childhood. It
has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy
him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" And
Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who
believes." Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief."
Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean
spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out
of him and do not enter him again." After crying out and throwing him
into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a
corpse that most of them said, "He is dead!" But Jesus took him by the
hand and raised him, and he got up.
kind of promise is this?" you may well ask. This is a sweet passage of
hope and comfort to the Christian in that Jesus both points out the
remedy and enables those who trust Him to grasp it. The father's agony
for his son, and the final granting of his request by the Lord Jesus is
so sweet in times of distress and uncertainty. The cry of "I do
believe; help my unbelief!" is a frequent prayer of my heart. May the
Lord use it to minister to yours today too.