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Do I Want a Powerful Prayer Life?

by Violet Nesdoly

Jesus About to Heal a Boy by William Brassey Hole

 “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'” Mark 9:23

The demon-possessed youth was a particularly difficult case. His problem was long-standing and the disciples’ attempts at exorcism had failed.

We find two clues about how to get prayers answered in this story of the man and his unfortunate son.

1. Believe
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” Jesus told the father. The dad was quick to ask for help in this department: “Lord, help my unbelief.” I am reminded of Jesus’ experience in Nazareth where Matthew 13:58 says, “He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

I don’t think that means their unbelief limited His power, but it did impact His willingness to work miracles in that place. Jesus chose not to in an atmosphere of doubt.

2. Pray and fast
“Why could we not cast it out?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied,“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

But when did Jesus pray and fast for this? He didn’t check out for an hour or so between hearing the man’s request and healing the boy. One can only assume that He meant we can live a life of such earnest waiting on God (with regular prayer and fasting) that we are constantly prayed up and ready for any difficult case that comes our way.

It’s so simple: 

Believe and live a life of prayer-and-fasting readiness. Tweet this.

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.


Simply Saturday


This is planting season in Ontario (through the rain drops). I understand how to put a seed into the ground, cover it with soil, and with water and sunshine a plant or an oak tree can grow. But the art of grafting one plant to another has always baffled me. One plant is literally STUCK to another plant and the two become as one.

Here is a picture of a grafted tree, one part Native Ash and the other European. (Picture found with thanks, jbcurio)

I think that is the process we are in – becoming STUCK to Jesus.

“rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2: 7 NIV)

I want the glue to STICK and be permanent. I think they use tape or twine or something sturdy to hold the plants together.

What is my tape?

Prayer, study, meditation, reading the Bible, worship, and fasting.

Only with these can I keep STUCK. Will I ever be firmly rooted to Jesus? Yes, in heaven – but until that time I want to keep the tape firmly holding Jesus and me together.


(Romans 8:35 NIV) says “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

I need to keep ‘rooted’ or grafted in all circumstances and with thanksgiving in order to live in the joy of the LORD.

Other connections that make me remember to start my day with Him:

(Isaiah 22:23 NIV) “I will drive him like a peg into a firm place;”

Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts:

Quote: “And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” And as I get up and take my place with God, I remember to thank him.

Ann continues, “Only real prayers are the ones mouthed with thankful lips. Because gratitude ushers into the other side of prayer, into the heart of the God-love, and all power to change the world, me, resides here in His love.” (Chapter 3)

Continuing to work on being firmly fixed to Him.