The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

The Difficult Kind

Saturday, October 19, 2019

“‘Only prayer can drive this kind out,’ answered Jesus; ‘nothing else can.’" (Mark 9:29 GNT)

The disciples had healed people and cast out demons when Jesus sent them out two by two. Why did they now seem powerless before the boy with the evil spirit in the valley of the Mount of Transfiguration?  That is what they themselves asked Jesus after he had healed the child; and Jesus replied that “this kind” comes out only by prayer.  There are several lessons to be learned here.

First of all, there are different “kinds” of trials and difficulties.  We may have faith enough to believe for some and not for others, because there are situations that may seem to be a huge mountain that will never move.  For those “kinds” (which, by the way, are different for each person), Jesus said that the solution is prayer.  Some Bible versions add “and fasting.”

Does this mean that we do a sort of penance before God, denying ourselves food and locking ourselves away to earn God’s intervention?  No!  What Jesus was saying was that if we are lacking the faith to believe for a particular problem, we need to spend time in the presence of Almighty God in order to increase our faith to believe!  

Remember that the boy’s father had said, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  Aren’t we this way sometimes?  We have faith to believe for others, and even for certain things in our lives; but if we were to be honest as the father of the boy was honest, we would have to admit that we don’t have the faith to overcome those besetting sins or the weight that we sometimes carry because we find it hard to entrust our difficult situations to the Lord. 

Let’s spend time in the Lord’s presence today, and let’s not leave until we know that faith in God and in the power of his might has arisen in our souls!

Read Mark 9:14-29.

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