19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. Mark 9:19-27

If our understanding of prayer is that the essence of prayer is changing our awareness from self-awareness to God-awareness, then Jesus’ diagnosis of the disciples’ powerlessness to deliver the demon-possessed boy, “No sense of God”, and the reason for their powerlessness, “There is no way to get rid of this demon except by prayer,” makes a whole lot of sense.

What made Jesus so effective in His campaign against evil, both in His teaching and in His works? Was it because His God-awareness put Him in perfect alignment with the wisdom and power of God? Since He functioned as a human being and not as God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, where did His God-awareness come from? Jesus was the last Adam, born innocent but not righteous. His righteousness was won through a hard-fought battle against the continual onslaughts of the enemy. Satan had one objective – to destroy Jesus’ unity with God and by getting Him to act independently of His Father. He succeeded in the Garden of Eden with Adam but he failed with Jesus.

Jesus had two powerful weapons, the Word of God and prayer. He spent thirty years in obscurity, becoming saturated in the use of these two weapons. Then He emerged into the limelight to engage His enemy and prove His true sonship by overcoming the enemy’s many-pronged attacks. “He learned obedience from what He suffered.” Hebrews 5:8. Did He learn obedience through trial and error? No, He learned the power of obedience by obeying. Obedience made Him stronger and stronger in His ECHAD and in His perfect dependence on the Father.

So, what He taught His disciples that day through their failure to rescue this child from his tormentors was what they and we need to learn to fulfil and complete His mission on earth. God’s kingdom can only come and His will be done through disciples who learn to imitate their Master; people whose minds are saturated with the word of God, who are constantly practising the presence of God, walk in the Spirit and live in unity with the Father. Such people are as serious a threat to Satan as Jesus was.

Luella Campbell

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