Irenic Thoughts

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9/16/2006

Only through prayer

In tomorrow's Gospel reading Jesus comes back down the mountain with Peter, James and John immediately after his transfiguration. His disciples have attempted to assist a father who wants his son healed of something that reads a lot to modern ears as epilepsy. We are told that Jesus casts a demon out of the boy who is thereby healed. Later his disciples ask, "Why could we not cast it out?" and Jesus replies, "This kind can come out only through prayer."

It begs the question, "Didn't the disciples try prayer?" Perhaps not. But I think that Jesus is telling his closest followers that they already needed to be "prayed up" so to speak. When a miracle is needed that connection to God needs to already be a live one.

What do you think?

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

3 Comments:

  • At 9/16/2006 10:21 PM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    Perhaps it has to do with the difference between praying to God about someone and praying at someone about God. I am particularly thinking about those instances when extemporaneous prayers that turn into sermons and there I sit wondering if I still need to keep my eyes closed.

     
  • At 9/18/2006 5:59 PM, Blogger Robert said…

    I have used my prayer beads to sit and place or at least try to enter the presence of God, to be able to listen and discern God's will. I'm not often successful but at times I've learned what I wanted and what God wanted aren't always the same.

    I remember we had +Scriven coming for the yearly bishop's visit. My parish is a mixed bag of people but we're firmly Episcopalians (in the Dioces of Pittsburgh). I found myself angry and thinking I'd not go to the service but after prayer I decided to go. I even gave +Scriven a set of prayer beads I made.

    I think prayer can be a two way conversation. Sometimes we don't listen.

    In the instance of the disciples I think the disciples thought they could perform the miracle on their own. Doing things without God is like closing a window that's broken. Make sense? We need God to always be a part of the equation.

    Bob in Washington, PA

    Ps. Your Church site helped me develop the bead ministry at my church, Thank you!

     
  • At 9/19/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    Robert,

    I'm glad the site has been helpful to you. For others interested in Anglican Prayer Beads, the section of our website Robert to which Robert is referring is http://kingofpeace.org/prayerbeads.htm.

    peace,
    Frank+

     

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