What Jesus Did! 'Rebuke from Concern' — Mark 9:19

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jesus answered, "You people don't believe! How long must I stay with you? How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy to me!"
— Mark 9:19 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:19 NLT — Jesus answered, "You people don't believe! How long must I stay with you? How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy to me!"

Key Thought

Don't you know that Jesus really was frustrated with his key followers at times? This time he is more than frustrated. He had given them the power to do what needed to be done. However, they didn't do it. They even thought they couldn't do it, so of course they couldn't! I appreciate Jesus' honest rebuke. So often we do so far less than we are capable of doing because we lack the faith to try and don't pray for God's power to be exerted. Even worse, we do far less than God wants us to do because we lack the faith in him to see us through.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God almighty, you are capable of doing anything your heart desires. I recognize that my lack of faith often inhibits your desire to work in the world through me. Please increase my faith. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 6:1-6
  • Mark 10:27
  • Ephesians 3:20-21

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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.