The Boy was healed.
He was delivered from demons by Jesus.
Can you imagine the joy and relief of parents, family and friends?
Can you imagine the amazement of the people?
Can you imagine how the disciples rejoiced and praised the Most High?
…or did they…
When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”
Jesus’ disciples…oh how like them we are!…questioned Jesus privately.
They were embarrassed.
They were perturbed.
They were frustrated.
They asked Jesus why they could not drive the unclean spirit out.
Jesus’ reply? This kind…tells us there are “kinds” of unclean spirits.
Cannot come out…unclean spirits can come out…some are more resistant.
By anything but prayer…no magical mantra, not “Jesus said this once, let’s see if it works”.
Only by prayer
Only by receiving the Word of the Lord at that moment.
Only be knowing and doing what the Lord says.
We receive through prayer.
It is not “if we pray hard enough we can convince God to do something”.
It is “what is Your mind Lord?”
Matthew enhances our understanding.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”
And He said to them,
“Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move;
and nothing will be impossible to you.
[“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]
Littleness of their faith.
That is the crux of the issue.
Lack of faith.
Smallness of faith.
More faith in fear than faith in God
Describes us, no?
I see it daily .
Fear of man.
Fear of failure.
Fear of revelation of who we really are…
We must have faith.
We must live faith.
If we do, nothing will be impossible.
As to this kind of unclean spirit - faith, prayer and fasting will set the captive free!