Bless you all. Remember to pray for one another this week. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful, and you are all righteous in Christ, your glorious Lord. Look to Him. Cry out to Him. Appeal to Heaven on one another’s behalf.
May the end of summer be sweet and full of light and sunshine and ice cream.
Filling up the edges
In the house Jesus emphasizes the theological point of an incident. In this instance the final conversation relates to the central theme of the unit, for the epilogue qualifies the faith of verse 23 as the faith that prays.
In response to the inevitable question of why they had failed, Jesus explained to the disciples that such malign evil spirits can be expelled only by a full reliance upon the unlimited power of God expressed through prayer.
This response contains at least the implicit criticism that the disciples had failed because they had not acted in prayer and sincere faith.
Prayer is a sign of our humility and faith. Our prayer lives reflect whether we think we control our own lives. Whether we are self-sufficient and don’t need anything from one another or God.
Prayer is both a thermometer and thermostat. It heats up our spiritual lives and shows how hot they are.
The disciples relied on Jesus’ previous command and equipping. They relied on their previous success, forgetting where their success had come from.
The father was honest, damaged by the church’s failure, He turned to Christ and humbly stated exactly where he stood in relation to Jesus.
And Jesus responded. Continue reading “Newsletter 8-29-19”