Do I Want a Powerful Prayer Life?
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'” Mark 9:23
The demon-possessed youth was a particularly difficult case. His problem was long-standing and the disciples’ attempts at exorcism had failed.
We find two clues about how to get prayers answered in this story of the man and his unfortunate son.
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” Jesus told the father. The dad was quick to ask for help in this department: “Lord, help my unbelief.” I am reminded of Jesus’ experience in Nazareth where Matthew 13:58 says, “He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
I don’t think that means their unbelief limited His power, but it did impact His willingness to work miracles in that place. Jesus chose not to in an atmosphere of doubt.
2. Pray and fast
“Why could we not cast it out?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied,“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
But when did Jesus pray and fast for this? He didn’t check out for an hour or so between hearing the man’s request and healing the boy. One can only assume that He meant we can live a life of such earnest waiting on God (with regular prayer and fasting) that we are constantly prayed up and ready for any difficult case that comes our way.
It’s so simple:
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Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.