Readings for 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 9:14-29; James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10

This Sunday’s readings should get you thinking about your prayer life. How often do you pray? Better yet, why do you pray? The Gospel reading shows the powerful effects of prayer, when Jesus tells his disciples that some unclean spirits “cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9). The Servant you hear about in Isaiah 50 is Jesus, who kept in constant contact with his Heavenly Father through prayer (Is 50). And surely one way to tame the “un-tameable” tongue is to force it into prayer. From my experience, the best way to get over a grudge you hold against someone is to start praying for their welfare (Js.3).

We all want our prayers to have an effect on God (Help me, Lord!). And He assures us they do just that. But what about the effect our praying has on us? Every time we pray, we are exercising our faith in God.