Break Them and Smash Them and Humble Them
Lloyd-Jones, preaching on Mark 9:29 ('And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer"'):
We must become utterly and absolutely convinced of our need.--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Crossway, 1987), 19
We must cease to have so much confidence in ourselves, and in all our methods and organizations, and in all our slickness.
We have got to realize that we must be filled with God's Spirit. And we must be equally certain that God can fill us with his Spirit.
We have got to realise that however great 'this kind' is, the power of God is infinitely greater, that what we need is not more knowledge, more understanding, more apologetics . . . no, we need a power that can enter into the souls of men and break them and smash them and humble them and then make them anew.
And that is the power of the living God. And we must be confident that God has this power as much today as he had one hundred years ago, and two hundred years ago, and so we must begin to seek the power and to pray for it. We must begin to plead and yearn for it. 'This kind' needs prayer.