Mark 9:26 (NASB) After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up. 28 When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”

After the Transfiguration, Jesus, James, John and Peter came down the mountain and they were met by a dad and his son possessed by a vicious demon. The other nine disciples had attempted to cast it out without success. Jesus rebuked the demon and cast it out of the boy, returning him to his father.

These nine disciples had just returned from their first successful mission of preaching and healing, yet they were unable to cast out this one demon. Why? Perhaps because they had neglected the spiritual disciplines of fasting and prayer. When Jesus explained the failure as a lack of prayer, it must have been very humbling. I know how difficult it is to maintain our spiritual disciplines, but we have to do it sisters and brothers our lives and those in our lives depends on it.

Spiritual discipline is necessary for all aspects of life, and particularly the difficult areas in life, like family, work, and ministry. The challenge of living life in the strength of God, demands you turn to God each day and give Him the best of your time. How else can you hear the Lord giving you divine wisdom for life situations? We must read God’s Word, have a prayer life, and love on people!

Consistent spiritual discipline prepares you (me) for the challenges of work, marriage, parenting, and ministry! And of course all the concerns of life can be met with a disciplined Godly approach. Enjoy the day and don’t forget your spiritual disciplines!

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