Gospel of Mark Reading Plan
Day 9 Reading: Mark 9
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.” – Mark 9:28-29 (NIV)
Mark 9:14-29 Jesus, Peter, James, and John return from the mountain top to find the rest of the disciples trying to heal a boy possessed by a spirit. They have been able to do so in the past, but not this time. Jesus seems frustrated at their lack of faith. The spirit recognizes Jesus and throws the boy on the ground and into convulsions. The boy’s father begs Jesus to help the child if he can. “If you can?” replies Jesus (is he getting even more frustrated?) “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaims, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (an honest, heartfelt response) Jesus heals the boy. The disciples ask why they were unable to help and Jesus replies that this kind of spirit only leaves in response to prayer.
Prayer is not doing nothing. Some things are only changed by prayer.
Compassionate Christ, Healing One, you invite us to join you in your saving work. We bring skills, resources and energy to situations. You remind us not to work in our own strength alone. You remind us to pray. Faith and prayer open a world of power only you provide. Lord teach us to pray- to pray first, to pray always, to pray trusting you to act. Amen.
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