“Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Sep 20, 2022 – Mark 009

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Mark 9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 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.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

REFLECTION

  1. This passage clearly depicts Christ’s frustration with His disciples (v19), and the desperation of the father who believed, but doubted at the same time.
  2. We are often like both father and disciples. We believe, yet doubt. We act in Jesus’ name, but at times fail completely.
  3. This incident taught the disciples that they needed to serve God in constant conscious dependence on Him that expresses itself in prayer. Prayer serves to remind us who God is, and our dependence on Him. When we pray, we are reminded of who God is, and our faith is increased.
  4. Which do you struggle with more—believing that Jesus can or that he wants to answer your prayers? Why?
  5. Ask God to provide you with the encouragement you need in your life and to make you a channel of his grace to others.

 

PRAYER

Lord, I have often been like the father in the scriptures, believing, but not believing enough! Lord, have mercy on my weakness and little faith, please help me as You help this father. I have always acted in the flesh, and I have always been caught in sin and transgression. Lord, forgive my unrighteousness, forgive my transgressions, and may Your grace and love always be with me, so that my faith grows and my life transforms day by day. Please give me a strong and courageous heart, and think of Your grace in prayer every day; please walk with me in my busy life, so that I can understand that all things are possible for those who believe. As long as I rely on You and look to You, I will be able to experience Your power and be a good witness for You. Amen!

 

HYMN

Sweet Hour Of Prayer – youtu.be/sLV-imJxyo4

 

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