Daily Office Readings for Saturday after the 4th Sunday of Lent: Year 2
“He said to them, ‘This kind can come out only through prayer.” (Mark 9:29)
Not enough of Christian effort is applied in prayer today either. By this I mean the “sit-in-your-room-alone – prayer.” After the disciples of our Lord Jesus failed to cast out the evil spirit by whatever means they were using, Jesus himself interviewed the father of the boy about how long this has been happening. Then Jesus told the evil presence not only to come out of the boy, but also to never enter him again. Our Lord Jesus later explains about needing to pray more. He says that “This kind can come out only through prayer.” This is what we need today.
We are suffering as a planet from this Covid 19 and even some clergy, Christian clergy, are going along with secular instruction to establish and maintain physical (social) distancing. And that’s fine but perhaps during this time (alone) distancing, we can pray, pray without ceasing. Perhaps this physical distancing is good advice for the physical self. How about our spiritual selves? Sooner or later we will all stand before the One for whom nothing is impossible. What response will we give for not coming to our Lord for help? Our Presiding Bishop once said the most important prayer we can pray is “Help.”
Folks, we must believe. Our Lord Jesus took issue with the father who showed some doubt when he ask, “if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9: 22) To this Jesus responds, “‘If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes” (Mark 9: 23) My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we must never under estimate the power of our faith in God or the power of prayer that it brings to bear on whatever troubles us. God loves us so much that God can’t refuse whatever we ask, but we must trust and ask. And we ask for the benefit of one another everywhere. We don’t ask just for our family, or our Church or our Country but for human kind all over the planet. Our planet has an evil presence, Covid 19. And God needs to know about it. God wants us to ask for help. Oh my people of prayer, Pray!
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John