Pastor’s blog, Sunday, 26th August, 2012

Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson

Dear Church,

And when he had entered the house, his
disciples asked him privately, “Why could
we not cast it out?” And he said to
them, “This kind cannot be driven out by
anything but prayer.”
Mark 9:28-29

When Jesus came down from the mountain where He had been transfigured,
He was immediately faced with arguments and failure. His disciples had
been unable to cast out the demon that was causing such suffering to the
boy and his family. Jesus initially rebuked them for their unbelief, but then
in these verses explained that their ineffectiveness was because they were
not using the right tools for the job. To change the image, they were not
fighting with the right weapons. Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us that we are in a
battle. We must use the weapons we have been given if we are to prevail.
Prayer goes with each one of those weapons, because Paul says that as we
use them we are to pray at all times. The disciples failed because of their
lack of prayer. We too must realise that prayer is the weapon that will make
us effective in the cause of Christ. We are to use it all times. It is mighty on
its own, but it also has the effect of sharpening every other weapon God has
given us. Graham Kendrick and Chris Rolinson wrote these words

All heaven waits with bated breath
For saints on earth to pray
Majestic angels ready stand
With swords of fiery blade
Astounding power awaits a word
From God’s resplendent throne
But God awaits our prayer of faith
That cries ‘Your will be done.’
© 1986 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

Yours in Christ,
Ian Thompson (Acting pastor)