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Lord, I believe in you,
help my unbelief.
I love you,
but not with a perfect heart as I wish.
I long for you,
but not with my whole mind.
Accept my faith, my love,
my longing to know and serve you,
my trust in your power to keep me.
What is cold – set afire;
What is lacking – fill it.
I await your blessing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Malcolm Spencer, 1877-1950, Congregational minister
The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, freely modified
And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”