"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
In just a few short weeks, we will participate in our annual "I Believe" Sunday. Webster's dictionary defines the word believe thusly, "To credit upon the ground of authority, testimony, argument, or any other circumstances than personal knowledge; to expect or hope with confidence." The Greek word translated as believe in Mark 9:24 is pisteuo, which has the idea of trusting another for an action expected to take place. Mark 9 records the story of the man who had a son, a child, that was possessed by a devil. The son had a record of being so controlled by the devil inside of him that physical pain and harm were a continual problem. (ref. Mark 9:22) The first attempt of the father was to bring his son to the disciples so that the devil would be cast out and the boy spiritually healed. The disciples failed in their ministry - largely due to a not understanding that both prayer and fasting were requirements for spiritual victory in this situation.