Jesus lived in the presence of God.
Thus the easy attraction of praying.
It wasn't duty for Him. It wasn't show. It wasn't even to model. Prayer for him was simply being in the presence of God.
He is transformed on the mountain, but that is not startling to him. That is just moving closer into the presence of God.
He tells demons they have no right to be in a person and torment them any more. The demons leave. They have no choice. They have encountered the presence of God and there is no room for wickedness. They flee.
So what is it with us? Well, we live knee deep in muck. When we call on the power of God, it is an "other" that we are calling to.
Prayer is a chore. A duty. A responsibility. We are SUPPOSED to pray. Or maybe we pray for show.
The disciples were the same...
14 -16 "At the bottom of the mountain, they were met by a crowd of waiting people. As they approached, a man came out of the crowd and fell to his knees begging, "Master, have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river."
This boy is in a bad way. Jesus was up the mountain. Dad brings his son to the ones who he thinks might know something about God and His power.
"I brought him to your disciples.."
Dad is full of hope. He has heard that the power of God is again in evidence in Israel.
" but they could do nothing for him."
He ends up dissappointed. Doubly dissappointed. He was unable to find the power of God directly. His religious leaders knew nothing of the power of God. Only rules and empty regulations.
So he comes to the disciples.
And they don't have the power of God either...
17 -18 "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?
Bring the boy here."
He ordered the afflicting demon out—and it was out, gone.
From that moment on the boy was well."
Dad leaves - ecstatic! The boy is well. The folks around are amazed.
Guess who is embarrased!
19 "When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, "Why couldn't we throw it out?"
20"Because you're not yet taking God seriously," said Jesus. "The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, 'Move!' and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn't be able to tackle."
Let those words burn and bubble in your soul for a while!!!