Why does our Prayer Fail and How to be Successful Prayer Warriors
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."
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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.
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."
The disciples of Jesus Christ tried to drive out demons, but they failed. When Jesus prayed, the spirit came out.
After this miracle, the disciples asked him, "why couldn't we drive it out?" This was a very meaningful question.
Jesus did not say, "because I am the Son of God, how can you do miracles like me. You are just people." But he answered, "this kind can come out only by prayer."
His answer is really simple and meaningful. Actually the disciples prayed, but in the eyes of Jesus Christ, it was not that powerful prayer, as it was not a true prayer.
Even though we say that we are praying, but so many times we just rely on our power, our ability, and our experience. We don't rely on God. Sometimes we don't ask God but rely on past experiences, our skill and abilities.
Also, sometimes, we don't challenge because we don't believe in God. Those who don't believe, don't challenge, because that is their limit. But Christians who believe God see beyond their limits, and they challenge impossible things.
We don't think that problems are easy. We look at the problem realistically. We know that it is really impossible. We challenge our limit. When we depend on people and other things, we cannot pray truly.
When we are on an edge of a cliff, when we truly pray with nothing else to rely on, but only God, our prayer is really true and sincere, really pure. This prayer is so powerful that it moves heaven:
"Oh Lord, I know my limit. Realistically I can do nothing. I know, Oh Lord, I know everything. I am a miserable person. But I know that God is with me, and I really want to overcome this situation, overcome the world. I want to challenge this ministry and change other people including me. Please Lord, please accept my heart, and give me answer to my prayer."
When our prayer is sincere and powerful, our prayer reaches heaven, and God listens to our prayer really sensitively, really carefully. He knows my heart, and knows my concern.
If we lose this heart, we are nothing. If one person prays like a widow, who has a humble heart, very sincere heart, then we can see miracles. God looks at the center of our hearts. God doesn't need anything, because He created this world. He just wants to have this relationship with us, to take and give. To take his love, and give love.
This is not one-side relationship. Both God and us give our hearts. He gave his heart already to us. Now it is our turn.
If we have the heart of love, then any kind of work is meaningful. But if we didn't give our heart, even if that is a great work, it is nothing. It is just work.
So we want to give our heart to God's work. When we pray, we want to pray like Jesus Christ. He prayed with this heart. Although he is the Son of God, he did not just say, "demons go out," but he prayed, with a more humble heart than ours.
He said, "Oh Lord, please have mercy on him." His disciples did not pray like that. They just pretended to pray, "go out, go out demons." This is very shameful, nothing happened. This is the world of heaven, the world of faith.
Heaven belongs to kids, because they have pure heart. They sincerely pray and depend on God.
But the precious thing is that they tried to ask, "why couldn't we do it." At least, they tried to know the reason, "what is the difference between you and me." Jesus Christ did not answer, "I am Jesus Christ. I am the Son of God. You cannot do it." It takes time, he said, "you didn't pray." It was so simple.
If we fail, we don't need to think, "God can't do anything." Only thing that we need to think is that we did not pray. This is the true answer. Just as in the case of the disciples of Jesus Christ - He pointed it very directly, not moving about here and there, "you are insufficient, this and that.." But He answered, "you cannot do it without prayer."
That is the principle of all the Christians who want to overcome, who want to break through. We also want to overcome our areas, our ministries, and we want to change the world. We plan to gather many people and support so many nations through our prayers.