“Why Could We Not Cast It Out?”

Mark 9:14-29

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

    A. “O faithless generation” (Mark 9:19; cf. Matthew 17:20)
    B. True, Biblical faith is based on the Word of God (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17)
    C. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

II. THE POWER OF PRAYER

    A. We can, by God’s will, reach more people with God’s truth, so long as we continue to kneel before God’s throne (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 3:6)
    B. Do not ask God to answer a prayer that violates His Word or His character (1 John 5:14-15)
    C. Exhibit humility in prayer (James 4:3,6)

III. THE HUMILITY OF FASTING

    A. Old Testament examples (Ezra 8:21,23; Psalm 35:13)
    B. New Testament examples (Acts 13:2-3; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:27)
    C. Proper motivation (Matthew 6:16-18)

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