” Only prayer can drive this kind out, ” Answered Jesus; ” Nothing else can. ” Mark 9:29
When Jesus returned from the mountain, he joined the rest of the disciples. A large crowd was round them and some teachers of the law were arguing with the disciples.
A man in the crowd asked, ” Teacher, I brought my son to you, because he has an evil spirit in him and cannot talk. Wherever the spirit attacks him, it throws him to the ground, and he foams at the mouth, grits his teeth, and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not. ”
Jesus then asked the boy to be brought to him. As soon as the Spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a fit, so that he fell on the ground and rolled round, foaming at the mouth. This boy had this evil spirit controlled sickness ever since he was a child so the father begged for the mercy of Jesus to heal his child.
” Yes, ” Said Jesus, ” If you yourself can ! Everything is possible for the person who has faith. ” The father at once cried out, ” I do have faith, but not enough. Help me to have more ! ” So Jesus gave a command to the evil spirit. ” Deaf and dumb spirit, ” He said, ” I order you to come out of the boy and never go into him again! ” The spirit screamed, threw the boy into a bad fit, and came out. Jesus took the boy by hand and help him to rise and he stood up. His disciples asked him privately, ” Why couldn’t we drive the spirit out? ” “Only prayer can drive out this kind, ” Answered Jesus; nothing else can. ” Proving and showing himself as a man of prayer, the son of God, on whom the Father well pleased.
Prayer is powerful and effective.