There are times when we are faced with very difficult situations. Those of us with a shepherd’s heart are required to work with those in the flock that have wandered into dangerous places and they must be rescued from the jaws of “wolves” who do not care about the flock (Acts 20:29). Spiritual death is imminent.
In Mark 9, the disciples were approached by a crowd and asked to deliver a young boy with an unclean spirit. “I asked you disciples to cast it out, and they were not able” (9:18). Jesus criticized the crowd for being a “faithless generation” (9:19) and later adds, “All things are possible for one who believes” (9:23). “And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again”” (Mark 9:25).
Later, when the disciples were alone with Jesus in the house, they “asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”” (Mark 9:28). It is so important that we ask the Lord why things are not working as we see in Scripture. It takes a certain degree of humility to honestly ask the Lord to reveal were we are weak and have failed.
Jesus gives a simple answer; “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9:29). Even though conditions may be critical, it is so important that we stop trying to correct problems with human means and humbly come before God in prayer. There is nothing impossible with HIM!
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