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