It’s just 2 days until Easter week at C3 and we are praying for all four of our Identical Easter gatherings next weekend with the firat at 6 pm on Saturday and 9, 10 & 11 am on Sunday.  See the schedule at

4 x 6 Plan | Read: Mark 9:14-32 & 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23)  

You sit down on the couch and flip the switch to the table lamp. Nothing happens. You head off to the closet to grab a new bulb and replace the old one. Still nothing. Just before throwing the lamp out the window, you find that it is not connected to the power source. Plugging the lamp into power fixes everything.

Jesus’ followers experienced a similar frustration when they tried unsuccessfully to cast out a demon in Mark 9. They did everything they knew to do, but nothing happened. When they asked Jesus why, He said, “This kind can only come out by prayer” (Mark 9:29). The disciples had grown comfortable and failed to make sure they were “plugged in” to Jesus’ power by prayer.

God allows us to be a part of His work around us. The disciples needed to be connected to God through prayer because it was God’s power that caused the demons to flee, not their own. God calls us all to do things that we cannot do on our own. We need to be connected to His spirit through prayer to be successful in those things. Like a lamp needs to be plugged in to function, we need to be connected to God through the Holy Spirit if we want to bring Him glory and do His will.

Action Steps 

Bible: What is God showing me?  What am I going to do about it? 

Bless: Serve one person through word, action, or gift today.