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
Illustration of Mark 9:28 — 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.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus, Peter, James, and John went to the other followers. They saw many people around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with the followers. When the people saw Jesus, they were very surprised. They ran to him to welcome him. 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." 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!" So the followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the {evil} spirit saw Jesus, the spirit attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from his mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been happening to the boy?" The father answered, "Since he was very young. The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to the father, "You said, 'Help him if you can.' All things are possible for the person that believes." The father became very excited. He said, "I do believe. Help me to believe more!" Jesus saw that all the people were running there to see what was happening. So Jesus spoke to the evil spirit. Jesus said, "You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops him from talking—I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!" The {evil} spirit screamed. The spirit caused the boy to fall on the ground again, and then the spirit came out. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said, "He is dead!" But Jesus held the boy's hand and helped him stand. Jesus went into the house. His followers were alone with him there. Theysaid, "We could not force that evil spirit out. Why?" Jesus answered, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by using prayer."

Mark 9:14-29

Related Scripture Readings

At that time, the Angel of the Lord came to a man named Gideon. The Angel of the Lord came and sat down under an oak tree at a place called Ophrah. This oak tree belonged to a man named Joash. Joash was from the Abiezer family. Joash was the father of Gideon. Gideon was beating some wheat in a winepress. The Angel of the Lord sat down near Gideon. Gideon was hiding so the Midianites could not see the wheat. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said to him, "The Lord be with you, great soldier!" Then Gideon said, "I promise sir, if the Lord is with us, then why are we having so many troubles? We heard that he did wonderful things for our ancestors. Our ancestors told us that the Lord took them out of Egypt. But the Lord left us. The Lord has allowed the people of Midian to defeat us." The Lord turned toward Gideon and said, "Use your power. Go save the people of Israel from the people of Midian. I am sending you to save them!"

Judges 6:11-14

"But if you or your children stop following me, and don't obey the laws and commands I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, then I will force Israel to leave the land I have given to them. Israel will be an example to other people. Other people will make jokes about Israel. I made the temple holy. It is the place where people honor me. But {if you don't obey me,} then I will tear it down. This temple will be destroyed. Every person who sees it will be amazed. They will ask, 'Why did the Lord do this terrible thing to this land and to this temple?' Other people will answer, 'This happened because they left the Lord their God. He brought their ancestors out of Egypt. But they decided to follow other gods. They began to worship and serve those gods. That is why the Lord caused all these bad things to happen to them.'"

1 Kings 9:6-9

Get up, my Master! Why are you sleeping? Get up! Don't leave us forever!

Psalm 44:23


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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