The truth is, none of us are able to serve the LORD as we ought. I believe, this is why Paul prays for the Ephesians. He prays that God “may grant (them) to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in (their) inner being (Ephesians 3:16).
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Php 4:4–9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer" (Mark 9:27). Jesus spoke these words to his disciples who failed to cast out a demon. Did it never occur to the disciples to pray before they tried to heal this boy? Absurd! Was this an attitude of self sufficiency? Or arrogance?
Last week, we noted that the early Church was formed by the proclamation of God’s Word. Thisis not new to the New Testament. Already, in Genesis 1, we read how God spoke and male and female were created. God’s very words are creative, they bring life! Yet, it is not life in the singular. It is life in community.