Eyewitness: pp. 122-123
The Message: Matthew 17: 14-21
In Your Bible: Matthew 17: 14-21
At the Transfiguration Jesus was in deep conversation with Moses and Elijah. Only three disciples (James, Peter and John) saw it all. In awe of this they realized that nothing is impossible with God.
Demon Possessed Boy
Jesus then came down to Caesarea Philippi where they met with the rest of his disciples and a large crowd. A man fell at Jesus’ knees pleading for mercy for his demon possessed son. The disciples prayed and wondered why the boy was not healed.
After his mountaintop experience, Jesus came back to the reality of his immense task. His teaching to the people and the disciples on Kingdom principles seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? (Matthew 17:17 The Message.)
When Jesus rebuked the demon, it came out of him. The boy was healed at once.
Later when he talked to the disciples privately, they asked why they couldn’t cast the devil out. Jesus answered in a blunt manner, “Because you are not taking God seriously,” (Matthew 17:20a The Message).
Wow, these men had been given power and authority from Jesus to do miraculous wonders and help people (and they did). Now they weren’t taking God seriously! Do we do the same?
Believers, we need to be careful to do what God tells us to do and learn Kingdom Principles as the disciples did. Remember to use discernment in dealing with the devil. Jesus said, “This kind requires prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21 Eyewitness). Yes, the NASB adds that later manuscripts add verse 21 in Matthew.
Absolutely nothing is impossible with God.
Prayer: Father, thank you for guiding my prayers. Help me take you seriously.
Questions: How do you fail to take God seriously in everyday life? In what way(s) do you need to use discernment in praying for others?