Prayer and Fasting Needed for Great Power

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer [and fasting],        – Mark 9:28-29

Peter, James and John were just returning with Jesus from the Mount of Transfiguration. As they approached the other disciples they saw a crowd around them and they were arguing with the teachers of the law. When the people saw Jesus they gathered around him.

A man in the crowd called out to Jesus asking him to heal his son of demon possession. In asking Jesus to heal his son he said, “I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Jesus delivered the boy of the demons then went indoors with his disciples.

Once alone with Jesus the disciples asked why they could not drive out the demons. Jesus told them that the power needed to cast out demons required a life committed to prayer and consecration. We have learned that without prayer and consecration there is very little power to minister effectively in the kingdom of God.

What caught my attention about this passage is that while Jesus, with Peter, James and John, were on the mountain having a spiritual revelation these other disciples were down in the valley disputing with religious leaders. Isn’t that so much like us today? We enjoy discussing the fine points of our doctrine more than we enjoy spending time in prayer seeking the face of God.

The message of this passage seems to be that we are to be vigilant in our pursuit of the kingdom. We must not become sidetracked by those who would argue the finer points of the law while the spiritual work of the kingdom goes undone.

There is a great work to be done in the kingdom and we must commit ourselves to always being prepared to deal with the evil which is around us. That means we must set aside specific times of prayer and consecration so that we are synchronized with what the Spirit of the Lord is trying to accomplish.

Prayer: Lord, help me to realize the need to have a consistent prayer life so that I will always be prepared to do kingdom work. In Jesus name. Amen.

Get the most you can out of the Daily God Walk. Below is the main point of the devotion followed by an affirmation of the main point and some food for thought for personal meditation and for use as discussion starters in small groups 

Principle: We must set aside specific times of prayer and consecration so that we are synchronized with what the Spirit of the Lord is trying to accomplish.

Affirmation:I seek to be in synch with what the Spirit of the Lord is trying to accomplish today and I am committed to living consecrated and prepared to serve in whatever way he leads.

 Reflection: Are you committed being saved or are you committed to serving in the kingdom? Some ask, “What is the difference?” Give it some thought and see if you can figure it out.

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