Divine Power Needed for Desperate Times

“Divine Power Needed for Desperate Times”

Matthew 17:14-21


We need divine power to be difference makers in desperate times.



Matthew 17:14-21, CSB



“Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire (and burns himself) and often into the water (and almost drowns). I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him” (vv. 15-16, CSB).


“You unbelieving and perverse generation” (v. 17).


  1. Jesus is frustrated with our lack of spiritual power (Matt. 17:14-17)


“They couldn’t” (vv. 16, 19).


“How long must I put up with you?” (v. 17)


“He (Jesus) summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs and gave them authority over unclean spirits” (Mark 6:7, CSB).


“So, they went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons, anointed many sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark 6:12-13, CSB).


“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name” (Lk. 10:17, CSB).


“Don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20, CSB).


The church was birthed with power (Acts 1:8).

  1. Jesus is the Lord of spiritual power (Matt. 17:17-18).



Mark 9:20-24, CSB


“IF YOU CAN? Everything is possible for the one who believes!” (Mark 9:23, CSB).


“Lord, I do believe in You and in Your ability, but my faith is weak! Help me to grow in my faith!” (Mark 9:24, CSB)


Mark 9:24-27, CSB

  1. We need to learn the lessons of spiritual power (Matt. 17:19-21).

They lacked spiritual discipline in their lives.


This kind can come out by nothing but prayer (and fasting)” (Mark 9:29, CSB).


  • Prayer is a state of close communion with the Lord.


  • Fasting speaks of a lifestyle of total submission and surrender to the Lord.

Fasting and prayer are inferred throughout Scripture.


  • Moses (Exod. 34:28; Deut. 9)
  • Jews fast on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:23; Lev. 23:26-32)
  • Joel 2:12-14 a congregational fast for the purpose of confession and repentance
  • Esther called her people to fast for three days (Esther 4:14).
  • Jesus began His public ministry with a 40-day fast (Matt. 4:2).
  • Jesus speaks about three spiritual disciplines—giving, praying, fasting (Mt. 6:1-8, 16-18)


He says, “When you fast…”, not, if you fast (Matt. 6:16-17).


  • Christians fasted (Acts 9:9; 13:2; 14:23)


We do not fast to manipulate God; we fast to get more of God.


Our problem is we want more of God without wanting to give more of ourselves to God.