What Jesus Did! 'Only By Prayer' — Mark 9:29

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jesus answered, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by using prayer."
— Mark 9:29
Illustration of Mark 9:29 — Jesus answered, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by using prayer."

Key Thought

So often the reason God's people don't do what they are capable of doing for the Kingdom of God is because they don't pray. We must rededicate ourselves to prayer. We must return to prayer to ask for God's help, power, mercy, grace, and might. We must also return to prayer to humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God so that he will lift us up. We must return to prayer to re-awaken us to the mighty acts that God has already done for us and give him the thanks and praise due his name. Great things for God can be done consistently and effectively only when God's people pray.

Today's Prayer

Forgive my silence and my sense of self-sufficiency O God. I know that without your mercy, power, and grace I will fail. Please accept my humble cries for your forgiveness and my passionate pleas for your mercy, your grace, your strength, and your direction. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus, Peter, James, and John went to the other followers. They saw many people around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with the followers. When the people saw Jesus, they were very surprised. They ran to him to welcome him. Jesus asked, "What are you arguing with the teachers of the law about?" A man answered, "Teacher, I brought my son to you. My son has a spirit {from the devil} inside him. This spirit stops my son from talking. The spirit attacks my son and throws him on the ground. My son foams from his mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could not." Jesus answered, "You people don't believe! How long must I stay with you? How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy to me!" So the followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the {evil} spirit saw Jesus, the spirit attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from his mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been happening to the boy?" The father answered, "Since he was very young. The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to the father, "You said, 'Help him if you can.' All things are possible for the person that believes." The father became very excited. He said, "I do believe. Help me to believe more!" Jesus saw that all the people were running there to see what was happening. So Jesus spoke to the evil spirit. Jesus said, "You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops him from talking—I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!" The {evil} spirit screamed. The spirit caused the boy to fall on the ground again, and then the spirit came out. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said, "He is dead!" But Jesus held the boy's hand and helped him stand. Jesus went into the house. His followers were alone with him there. Theysaid, "We could not force that evil spirit out. Why?" Jesus answered, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by using prayer."

Mark 9:14-29

Related Scripture Readings

I tell you the truth. The person that believes in me will do the same things I have done. Yes! He will do even greater things than I have done. Why? Because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you. Then the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

Are you having troubles? You should pray. Are you happy? You should sing. Are you sick? You should call the church's elders. The elders should rub oil on you in the name of the Lord and pray for you. The prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well. The Lord will heal that person. And if that person has sinned, then God will forgive those sins. Always tell each other the wrong things you have done. Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. When a good person prays hard, great things happen.

James 5:13-16

After the believers prayed, the place where they were meeting shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak God's message without fear.

Acts 4:31

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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