THEME: Why Believers Fail
PASSAGE: Mark 9:14-29
HYMN: MHB- 238 My faith looks up to Thee,
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 9:19 ‘O unbelieving generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.
After the transfiguration on the mount, Jesus came into the scenario of the inability of His disciples to heal a child who was deaf, mute and epileptic. Immediately the boy was brought to Christ, he received his healing. This aroused the curiosity of the disciples who asked privately, why they couldn’t heal the boy.
Why couldn’t the disciples drive out the evil spirit? After all, in Mark 6:13 we read that they drove out demons while on their mission to the villages. Perhaps, they had special authority only for that trip, or their faith was faltering. Victory over sin and temptation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, not through our own effort. Jesus called them “unbelieving generation” in verse 19. He eventually made them understand the importance of prayer and that it is the key that unlocks faith in our lives.
Any believer who does not have faith even as small as the mustard seed and cannot pray very well will always find it difficult to overcome. Our faith and prayer are the keys that affirm our total reliance on God’s ability and not ours. Jesus says in John 15:1-7 that it is when we remain in Him and He in us that we can bear fruits. Apart from Him, we can do nothing!
Effective prayer needs complete dependence on God and action, i.e., asking. Prayer demonstrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite Him to fill us with faith and power. There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seem impossible. Doubt is an enemy of success. Believe that whatsoever you ask from God is already done and the prayer will be answered. It has worked for me and it can work for you, too.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, equip me with faith and power to do more exploits for You and remain in you forever. Amen

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