Where’ the Power?
One day a man brought his son who had epilepsy to the first followers of Jesus. The disciples prayed and prayed for him but nothing happened.
Has that ever happened to you? It has to me, more times than I care to count. And that bothers me.
So what happened in their situation? Well, thank God Jesus enters the scene and heals the boy, casting out a “spirit of infirmity!”
And I LOVE what happens next. The disciples were smart enough to ask Jesus why it didn’t work for them. (You have to commend them for asking, which we need to do too, but I doubt they liked His answer.) He didn’t pull any punches. He told them that it was because of their unbelief! Ouch.
BUT, HE WAS TRYING TO TAKE THEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL! He didn’t just leave them there. Jesus was trying to take them higher. After He taught them how faith works, He then told them how to increase their faith so they could be more successful the next time they had a power encounter. He was going to be turning the future of the Church over to them shortly and He needed them to learn how to win against the devil! And when you read the Book of Acts, which is the current series we are in, (The Book of Acts Pt. 1) you see that they did!
Jesus told them,
“This kind does not come out except by fasting and prayer.” Matthew 17:21
Did you notice He said, “This kind?” New levels-new devils.
I am fasting and praying today for tomorrow. (You are welcome to join me!) I will be teaching on the kingdom of God and the power of the Holy Spirit as it was released upon the early disciples in the Book of Acts chapters 1 and 2.
But I don’t just want to teach it, I want the power! Don’t you?
If so, come tomorrow hungry and expecting. Bring a friend. Bring the sick. Lets see what happens!