What Jesus Did! 'Unable to Meet the Need' — Mark 9:16-18

Friday, June 10, 2016

Jesus asked, "What are you arguing with the teachers of the law about?" A man answered, "Teacher, I brought my son to you. My son has a spirit {from the devil} inside him. This spirit stops my son from talking. The spirit attacks my son and throws him on the ground. My son foams from his mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could not."
— Mark 9:16-18 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:16-18 NLT — "What are you arguing with the teachers of the law about?"

Key Thought

Does this sound familiar to you? "They couldn't do it!" So often we don't find out what is truly possible until we reach the end of our abilities and admit that for us it is impossible unless God works through us.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for my arrogance and thinking that I am somehow necessary in your work. I recognize that my only sufficiency for ministry comes from my weakness being offered to your service and empowered by your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 4:7
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10
  • Isaiah 35:1-4


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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.