iPray – 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – Day 11 – Thursday

In Mark chapter 9 there is a very familiar passage of scripture relating to prayer and fasting.

The disciples encountered a man with an unclean spirit, (deaf and dumb spirit), and apparently they had  tried to cast out the unclean spirit with no success.  Then Jesus comes along and sets the man free.

The Bible seems to indicate the disciples were embarrassed by their lack of success.  So they waited until they were alone in the house and asked Jesus why they had not been able to bring freedom to the man.

Mark 9:28 – 29 gives us an account of their exchange. Verse 28 says, “ And when He, (Jesus), had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out but by prayer and  fasting.”

There has been much written and many sermons preached from this passage of scripture.  I want to share with you one of the most simple but significant truths found in these verses: Jesus basically said to the disciples, “You were not successful because you were not prepared.

The disciples were NOT prepared for the ministry opportunity they had come upon. One of the significant purposes of prayer and fasting in the life of  the believer is that it prepares us for ministry opportunities.

Ministry opportunities become Kingdom victories as we prepare ourselves through the discipline of prayer and fasting.

iPray is a 21 day season of spiritual preparation that will equip, (prepare), you for personal ministry opportunities/victories in 2012.

Thanks for your partnership in building the Kingdom, one life at a time.


Bishop Corder