There was also a prophetess, Anna… She never left the temple, but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Luke 2:36-37
If you were asked to rate your prayer life on a scale of 1-10, from poor to excellent, where would your honest answer place your level of communication with God?
In Matthew 17:14-21, the importance of faith, fasting, and prayer is emphasized through the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to the Disciples for healing, and to his amazement, Jesus’ Disciples were unable to heal his son. In desperation, the man knelt before Jesus and begged for mercy as he asked for the healing of his son.
The most interesting part of this story is verse 16, “So I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” At that point, Jesus exposes the true reason of their inability to heal the boy: “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you?” (v17 NLT)
Streams in the Desert Devotional
There is no doubt that it is by praying that we learn to pray, and that the more we pray, the better our prayers will be. People who pray in spurts are never likely to attain to the kind of prayer described in the Scriptures as “powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
If a person believes he can become powerful in prayer without making a commitment to it, he is living under a great delusion. Remember, we must pray to pray, and continue in prayer so our prayers may continue.
The Disciples who were in daily close proximity with God in human form, remained faithless; inasmuch that their prayers were powerless and ineffective. Is there hope for those of us who are unable to have face-to-face contact with Jesus?
Jesus never left His disciples without explanation and the action that was required on their part to resolve their dilemmas. When they asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the demons, He gave them the action required to remedy their faithlessness: By fasting and prayer! (v21)
When we think on the goodness, grace, and mercies that are extended to us on a daily basis, our prayer lives should rate as a 10 (excellent). We are so blessed and highly favored by our Great God!
“Pray without Ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
Challenge for today: Pray for purpose and direction in your life.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have become part of a faithless generation. Please forgive us for the sin of mediocrity-just doing enough to get by. We want to possess unwavering faith, an effectual prayer life, and a closer relationship with you. Help us to take action by studying your Word, increasing our prayer life, and asking for a double portion of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering our humble prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz