What Jesus Did! 'Honest Frustration' — Mark 9:28

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jesus went into the house. His followers were alone with him there. They said, "We could not force that evil spirit out. Why?"
— Mark 9:28 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:28 NLT — Jesus went into the house. His followers were alone with him there. They said, "We could not force that evil spirit out. Why?"

Key Thought

I do believe many of us who seek to minister in the name of Jesus need to ask this question more. "Why couldn't we do it, Lord?" More than just being honest, we need answers. While we may not get that question answered as clearly and exhaustively as we would like, we open the door for God to teach us and we regain our place in humility in the presence of the Almighty.

Today's Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I am frustrated about some things that have not turned out as I believed they would. I trust in you. I want to serve you and bring you glory. Yet things didn't happen which I thought should have happened and people weren't touched that need to be touched. Please help me understand why. If part of the problem is me, my faith, or my character, please help me come to this understanding and work with you on strengthening my area of weakness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Judges 6:11-14
  • 1 Kings 9:6-9
  • Psalm 44:23

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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.

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