Most readers will be familiar with the passage where a father desired his son be healed of the demon he has suffered since he was a boy.
The scene Mark describes may be familiar, but it is also absolutely horrifying. A son foaming at the mouth and convulsing, yet the very men that desired to help are frustrated and incapable. Except for Jesus, and possibly the demon, everyone at the scene is only seeing a fraction of the real situation. Even the father seems have lost some belief and asks Jesus to help. As we come into this election season, and consider past elections seasons, we may only see the physical situation before us:
1. When there is no food in the house or duka it is a real physical problem.
2. When someone asks you to speak a tribal vernacular, it is real and physical.
3. When youth come to your door with mpanga, it is real and physical.
4. When your neighbor of another tribe is harassed it is real and physical.
Coming back to the demon possessed son, Jesus asked about the physical condition, but His ministry was to the spiritual condition. Jesus knew the problem was spiritual and not physical. That is why Jesus will say to His disciples, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
Prayer and fasting is something they should have already been doing to prepare. They are spiritual disciplines played out in the physical world. Jesus was saying they should have been prepared for the physical by being prepared in the spiritual. I want to suggest we can take that same mind of Christ and prepare for both the physical and spiritual challenges that may come in the next weeks.
It is my belief that these elections are the most important in the history of Kenya. Nothing less than the future of our great nation hangs in the balance. I hope we can see this as a spiritual moment for Kenya and not only the choosing of our next physical leader. If you can not make it to the kesha, that is okay, but I encourage you to be praying and fasting to be prepared for what may come. My prayer is that we have a peaceful and joyful election season, but I also hope we are prepared.