Welcome back to our study on prayer and WWJD. We have been looking at what Jesus has to say about prayer and today I am going to share one of my favorite lessons taught by Jesus. Prayer shows our dependence on God. The moment we feel that we don’t need to being praying is a clear warning that we think we can do things in own strength and not in Gods.
Let me explain. In Mark 9, Jesus Heals a Boy with an unclean Spirit. I can’t share the section of scripture do to the length. In this section of scripture there is a boy who needs deliverance from an unclean spirit. The disciples try to cast the spirit out of the boy and they cannot. Jesus arrives on the scene and He casts out the unclean spirit and the boy is healed.
The reason I am looking at this section of scripture with you is because of this next part and it is extremely important. When the disciples are alone with Jesus they ask him why they could not help the boy. Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer (Mark 9:29)
This healing that Jesus had just done left the disciples confused. Why had they not been able to perform the miracle? Jesus after all had given the disciples the authority to cast out demons and now they were not able to cast this one out.
Do you remember what Jesus said? He said, “This kind can come out only by prayer. Jesus wasn’t telling them that this was some “special” kind impure spirit that only prayer could cast out.
He was making a point to them to teach them that though he had given them the authority to do such things… they were trying to cast the spirit out of the boy by relying on themselves not on God.
Jesus’s lesson to the disciples is also a lesson for all us. Just like the disciples, we can do nothing apart from Jesus. I cannot stress this enough, the moment you think you don’t need prayer there should be a big red flag.
We can’t just be relying on our own strength. We need to rely on God. I hope you will want to read Mark 9 on your own and I look forward to sharing more with you next week.
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