Scripture: Numbers 30-31, Mark 9

Mark 9: 28-29 When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”

Observation

When Jesus and Peter, James and John came down from the mountain where Jesus had been praying and transfigured, they found a mess. A father had brought a demonized boy for deliverance and the disciples were unable to help. Scribes were arguing with them in the presence of a large crowd. It was chaos.

After Jesus healed the boy, the disciples privately asked why they could not drive it out. After all, Jesus had given them authority to cast out demons (Mark 3:15) and they had already successfully done so (Luke 10:17). So their concern is understandable.

Jesus said that this kind comes out by prayer. We know that Jesus was praying on the mountain just before this (Luke 9:28), and it’s safe to assume that the disciples down in the valley were not praying. Jesus indicates that prayer results in a spiritual authority. Evidently, there are some demons (and some problems) that require a higher level of spiritual authority—and that comes from prayer.

Application

When we spend time with our Father, we come away with a new level of authority. Prayer is a conversational relationship with God. When we hear from Him, we speak with new confidence and authority. Our words have the echo of our Father’s voice. We speak the words of God. We know His heart, and act with His authority.

Prayer connects us with our Father, and that connection imbues us with power and authority.

Prayer isn’t perfunctory—we don’t just say prayers. We connect with God; we come away empowered and changed.

Prayer: Lord, help me to connect with You in prayer. Empower me to represent You well, with authority and grace. I pray this not just for me, but for everyone in our church—make prayer a living conversation that transforms and empowers us!