He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” Mark 9:29 NIV
The disciples had tried to drive out the demon. They had watched Jesus many times before. It didn’t seem at the time like something they couldn’t do. Jesus had said, “If you have faith….”
Everyone was watching, too! What would they think if they weren’t able to get rid of this evil spirit? People may have thought less of them. They may have said, “You’re not really His disciples.” or “Look at you, you can’t do anything by yourself.” or “Where’s your faith?”.
So, humbly and privately they ask Jesus, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (verse 28) Fair question, wouldn’t you agree? Why couldn’t they perform what seemed to be a simple task? Why couldn’t they do what they had been trained to do?
“This kind”, Jesus said, “can only come out by prayer.”
I need to ask you to consider this next part of the post. The first part was about the disciples. This part is about you:
What are you trying to do today that can only happen…with success…by prayer?
Oh, you may be very spiritual. You may have great Biblical knowledge to back up your claim. You may even know the pastor! (Like that’s a big deal or something !) You may be a committed follower of Christ! You may have the “good attendance” pin! You may have a testimony! You may be an example for others to follow! You may even give God the glory for great things He hath done!
But…this kind…can only come out by prayer!
Today…whatever it is…no matter what people might think or say…turn it over to the God who loves you beyond your ability to understand! Let Him know you need Him and Him alone. Tell Him you realize that apart from Him you can do nothing! PRAY!
Then get out of His way and let Him do His work!
Is there something BIG that I can pray with you about?