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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:29 NLT — 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 14:12-14
  • James 5:13-16
  • Acts 4:31


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.