Quality Prayer Expels Demons
Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture Readings: Sirach 1:1-10; Psalms 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5; Mark 9:14-29
My dear encountered couples:
Jesus cured that boy who was possessed. When the disciples asked him why they could not expel the demon from the boy, he responded, “This kind you can drive out only by prayer.”
Charismatics, Pentecostals are all familiar with praying over people in efforts to drive from them evil spirits and illnesses. If you have never been an observer or an actual participant in any of these prayer gatherings, maybe you have seen them on TV. Most people, familiar or unfamiliar with such practices, will offer their opinions of them. Whether you are for or against, approve or disapprove, my reflection today does not take sides. I prefer to zero in more closely on what Jesus meant by what he said: “This kind you can drive out only by prayer.”
Basically, prayer is communication with God. Whatever way you find helps you communicate, then do it. Whether kneeling down, standing, dancing, or lying down; whether speaking, singing, thinking; whether inside the church, at work, on the subway, or in the bathtub. Whatever, wherever. Makes no difference! The important thing is to get your attention upon God. He always has his upon you.
Prayer with quality will result in making us more like God, forming us more into his likeness – until eventually we become so much like him, so much one with him, that his will is ours, we desire what he desires.
That’s the prayer Jesus is talking about that drives out the worst of evils. For it will then be God in us performing the miracles. Become joined in love with God through prayer. Then you can say: “Watch out Devil! Here I come!”