Hebrews 12:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Faith is central to our access to all that God is and all that He created. The possibilities He offers are for those who believe. The man who brought his son to Jesus (Matthew 9), said to Him, . . . But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." Jesus' response: "If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." And the man then responded to Jesus, in all honesty: "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Then Jesus proceeded to drive out the evil spirit from the son. How easily are we moved from our faith? Are we living by faith? Paul exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 13:5, 6: Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. The man who went to Jesus with his son had first gone to the disciples, who could not cast out the evil spirit. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer." (And in the margin: Some manuscripts prayer and fasting.)
The Bible definition of faith: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Lord, help us to persevere in prayer until, instead of being moved by what we see, we are moved into that place of faith that makes us certain of what we cannot see.
This passage also brings up a question I have often pondered. How much faith can we have for others? In prayer, we cannot control others, and do not wish to do so. The father, and in effect, Jesus, was not trying to control this young man; rather, they were desiring for him to be free of all that was controlling him. He then could make his own choices for his life and live it accordingly. That which we hope for in others and desire to see is the freedom for their lives to choose Christ and all that God has created that is good. We desire for them to know the truth and find the freedom that the truth can bring. Once again, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Him, we enter and live out a life of faith.