June 26, 2019
Luke 9:37-43 The Message (MSG)
As you make a spiritual journey through each day, do you sense an awareness of God’s powerful presence with you? I am not talking about an internal emotion; I am asking if you understand the power of God made available to you, as you seek his heart, and the role prayer plays in releasing that power into the lives of others.
In our passage today, Peter, James, and John have been up on the mountain with Jesus. They have witnessed the glorious presence of Almighty God surrounding Messiah, Moses, and Elijah. It is a miraculous moment for the disciples’ faith; it is like a foretaste of heaven on earth. These disciples can’t even speak about the glory; it is overwhelmingly powerful. However, the crowds, religious leaders, and the disciples waiting at the base of the mountain have not witnessed the Transfiguration. They do not have the same sense of God; therefore, they do not have the same power in the Spirit against evil.
May the first thing we do each day be to gain a renewed sense of God; to climb the spiritual mountain for a fresh revelation of his power and might. Let’s get into the Word, pray, and allow the Spirit to stir our faith in his power at work in and through us.
37-40 When they came down off the mountain the next day, a big crowd was there to meet them. A man called from out of the crowd, “Please, please, Teacher, take a look at my son. He’s my only child. Often a spirit seizes him. Suddenly he’s screaming, thrown into convulsions, his mouth foaming. And then it beats him black-and-blue before it leaves. I asked your disciples to deliver him but they couldn’t.”
41 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 your son here.”
42-43 While he was coming, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus stepped in, ordered the vile spirit gone, healed the boy, and handed him back to his father. They all shook their heads in wonder, astonished at God’s greatness, God’s majestic greatness.
Prayer: Lord, every morning I climb up the spiritual mountain to meet with you. Thank you for imparting to me a sense of your Almighty presence. Please don’t let me limit your power; rather, help me to pray, receive guidance, and be willing to move forward in miraculous ways to touch and heal lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.