What Jesus Did! 'Even a Little Faith Is Very Powerful' — Luke 17:5-6

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The apostles said to the Lord, "Show us how to increase our faith."

The Lord answered, "If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you!"

— Luke 17:5-6 NLT

Key Thought

At first glance, Jesus appears to be making an incredible promise. On a closer look, however, this is a reprimand. Even a little faith is powerful. The apostles would have so much more impact on their world if they could muster even a little faith. Sadly, much doesn't get done to bless others and to honor God because we don't have enough faith. Let's be people of faith!

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, challenge me, stir me, move me, motivate me to live by faith, not by sight. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1-7 NIV
  • 1 Timothy 4:1-4
  • Hebrews 10:38

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Illustration of Luke 17:5-6 NLT — "Show us how to increase our faith."   ——   "If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.