What Jesus Did! 'Lack of Faith' — Matthew 13:57-58

Saturday, July 8, 2017

And the people refused to accept Jesus. But Jesus said to the people, "Other people give honor to a prophet. But people in that prophet's own town or own home don't give honor to him." The people there did not believe in Jesus. So Jesus did not do many miracles there.
— Matthew 13:57-58 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 13:57-58 NLT — "Other people give honor to a prophet. But people in that prophet's own town or own home don't give honor to him."

Key Thought

Jesus is all powerful, but we can limit his power by our lack of expectation, by our wimpy faith! His work is hidden, sometimes even denied, to those who refuse to believe in Jesus' power. So let's be a people who not only pray, but pray with faith and expectation, anticipating Jesus' mighty work and providential surprises.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, forgive me for the times I have limited Jesus' power by not believing in his power to act, minister, and save. Give me a heart of faith with the courage to expect Jesus to do great things in my life to bless others and bring you glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 19:26
  • Matthew 17:20
  • Matthew 9:28-31

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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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