This Sunday as we continue in our series; Prayers of the Bible, our text is in the gospel of Mark…
Mark 9:14-29 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them and some scribes arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak, 18 and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid, and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.” 19 He answered them, “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, help us! Have compassion on us!” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you are able! All things can be done for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!” 26 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 was able to stand. 28 When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”
This is another passage, that might be a stretch to call it a prayer, but I was drawn to the conversation between the father and Jesus.
And yes, I feel like a total buffoon choosing this scripture on Mother’s Day.
What stands out to you in this passage?
There is so much going on in this passage…
Lots of people.
Scribes arguing with disciples.
A father with an ill son.
A revealing that the disciples could not heal the boy.
A conversation between Jesus and the father.
A miracle mistaken as death.
A private conversation between Jesus and the disciples.
Questions… I have so many questions. What are your questions.
During this series on prayers of the Bible I have purposely not included the answer to the prayer, because rarely is that the point of the prayer. But in this text, I was drawn to Jesus’ response to the disciples’ private question.
So maybe the conversation between Jesus and the father was not a prayer (I would resist that opinion, a little) but Jesus refers to prayer in his response to the disciples.
What does this story teach us about prayer?
Did the father understand something that the disciples didn’t?
Let’s talk about it on Sunday.
~ Pastor Dustin