Power of Prayer | Day Eight

By: Callie Clayton

Every time I read the story we’re going to talk about today, I’m amazed! I might even have to say it’s one of my favorites.  Check it out!

Read Mark 9:14-29.

 

Write out the gist of the story in your own words.

 

The conversation between Jesus and this desperate father are what gets me every time.

 

According to verse 23, what phrase does this father say that Jesus latches onto?

 

What does the word “if” imply?

 

Do you think Jesus was frustrated with this man for implying that he couldn’t save his son?  Why or why not?

 

What does Jesus tell him in the next part of verse 23?

 

And then how does this man respond in verse 24?

 

Is the boy saved?

 

YES! Jesus rescues the boy from being possessed by an unclean spirit and he lives!

 

There are men and women in the Bible who have this crazy, unwavering faith in Jesus. Who instantly and confidently know all that He can do; who trust and believe that He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. But I have a hard time identifying with them sometimes. Do you?

 

Can you relate to the man in this story?

 

There have been circumstances in my life where I know in my heart of hearts that God is big enough to answer my prayers, but I just don’t know if He will.

 

Have you ever felt that way? What was happening in your life?

 

I have prayed verse 24 so many times in my life since reading this story. I have cried out to God saying, “I believe! Help me with my unbelief.”

 

Do you think God likes to hear a cry of honesty? Why or why not?

 

In seasons or situations of doubt, God still wants to hear from you. He wants you to remind yourself that He is powerful and good and worthy of your trust. He also wants to show up where you are weak to give you the strength to believe.

 

Finish your time this morning by reading John 20:29. Look at how Jesus responds to his disciple who is known as “Doubting Thomas”.

 

What does this verse say to you?

 

Write down some characteristics of Jesus, or things He’s done in your life, which cause you to believe and trust Him. Put that list some place you will see it--especially in moments when you’re tempted to doubt Him.