I also wrote a similar piece back around Memorial DAY, about knowing and NOT knowing my own powers of prayer… thanks folks for letting me release my thoughts again… I pray for our individual and collective power of prayers, I truly pray to God that I may pray and I may act with His best interest at mind, and be a blessing…
Mountains???, 29 JAN
I would LOVE to have the behind the scenes tour where all is revealed when I reach heaven (I should say IF I reach heaven of course, because I would hate to mess that all up now by being so boastful! Forgive me Lord)…
For me personally, I know exactly where doubt has been placed in my head – likely by the devil – during this last year and it made me NOT trust that God had ALL my issues under control, or that God was working on them as rapidly as I thought He should… Now I see better – whom am I to doubt God like that??? God DOES answer us and HE DID and DOES take the time to make my quandaries so very obvious to me…. They had huge red flags – prime examples of where I was being a doubter in HIS power. He totally threw me some softballs this year to see if I could catch them, and thankfully I did, mostly… There are many new times I will have to step up to the plate this year, and I pray I remember to trust God always – if I don’t? – then God ALWAYS reminds me that HE is in control…
This Mark 9: scripture passage reminds us to pray in Jesus’s name: “Everything is possible for one who believes.”… And it does show us that people HAVE to believe that prayer works: “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?”…
We must believe… Jesus chastised this child’s father as an “angry/disappointed Jesus”, admonished him for not believing… I also now ask Jesus to forgive me of any doubt I have in YOUR power… “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I do know that God has the power to move mountains and sometimes it’s like this unknown quote: “Faith can certainly move mountains, but don’t be surprised if the good Lord hands you a shovel.”
Prayers for obedience and believing in the power of prayer… and to pick up my active role in prayer!
Mark 9: Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit
14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” 20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”