Day 109 – Power To Deliver
On: February 17, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. Luke 8:30-33

It’s tempting to dwell on this intriguing conversation with the agents of the devil and speculate on why Jesus sanctioned serious collateral damage to a farmer’s livelihood. But I won’t. Instead, I’m wondering what I need to do to be as effective as Jesus was. Can I know His power to deliver?

We looked yesterday at faith being a practical matter, not one of the intellect. How does this play out in reality? There are clear pointers from a parallel episode as Jesus descended a mountain with his inner core of disciples after His Transfiguration. The other disciples had failed to heal a boy of his seizures. His dad wasn’t impressed and stepped up to Jesus as He approached:   I brought (my son) to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:16,19-20

Mark’s report of the same episode puts a sharp spotlight on how this faith is exercised: Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” Mark 9:29

If we want to do the things Jesus did, prayer is the key to unlocking the door. For He has the power to heal; we don’t. Transforming people’s lives is God’s work, not ours. And the glory must go to Him, not us. So, prayer it is. Taking the key of faith and placing it in the hands of the Father for Him to unlock the door.

if you have faith as small as a mustard seednothing will be impossible for you

Prayer:

Father God, prayer is hard. Grant me the discipline to come to You and joy when I’m in Your presence, that prayer may become the unmissable heartbeat of my life and a means of unleashing your transforming power. To Your glory. Amen.

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