Persistence in prayer (Prayer day 24)

If I don’t get what I pray, does it mean God says “no!”? Or does it mean I pray wrong, have no faith or have sin in my life? Or is God not pleased with me?

Scripture

Luke 18:1-8

1  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'”

6  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Observations and reflections

Context: In the first century, widows had no legal status or political power.

  1. What is the main point of this parable? (verses 1 and 8)
  2. How is God (a) different from the judge and (b) like the judge in this parable?
  3. What do we learn the widow about our prayers?
  4. What do you think is the meaning of verse 8? How will Jesus “the Son of Man” find faith?

Personal reflection and Application

We live in an instant world where you get what you want by clicking a button, swiping a card or making a phone call. Yet God does not seem to respond to our requests immediately.  Should I pray for something more than once? Jesus said yes! We should persist in our prayers, knowing that God hears and will answer.

  1. Few things challenge our faith like unanswered prayers. Think for a while of things that you have given up on praying for.  Tell God about these things, and how you feel about it.  (you can use the emotion-wheel again to help express yourself)emotion_wheel1
  2. Take some time and recall some answered prayers you know of in the Bible (Abraham’s son Isaac, Hanna’s son, Elijah’s prayer for rain, Moses’s Red Sea, manna, water in dessert, …). Talk to God about these answered prayers.
  3. Take some time and recall personal answered prayers in your life, family life or a friend’s life. (Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you). Talk to God about what he did and how you felt.
  4. Pick one of your unanswered prayers and passionately pray about it to God, asking Him to stir your faith.  Pray with thanks for what the Lord had done and with confidence that he hears you always.
  5. How will you remember to keep on praying about this? Who else knows about this need?
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Leadership requires courage

There is not a leader in the Bible who succeeded without the courage to risk what is unknown or dangerous. Every leader in life – whether on the battlefield, in the courtroom or in the boardroom – needs to overcome timidity and take courage in the face of conflict.

Look at this short introductory video where De Waal Esterhuizen shares on courage in leadership (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L9K0f4b1ds )

Scripture

Joshua 1:1-9

1  After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them–the children of Israel. 3  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4  From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5  No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6  Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7  Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Observation and reflection questions

Context: After leading Israel through the wilderness for 40 years Moses died and the Lord called Joshua to lead the Hebrews across the Jordan River to take possession of the Promised Land.  Joshua was one of the ten spies that scouted the land, so he knew exactly what they would face.

  1. What do you suspect was Joshua’s emotional response to the realization that Moses died and he had to lead the people? Why did the Lord reportedly tell him to take courage?
  2. What is the reason why Joshua had to take courage? [hint: what was his mandate form the Lord?]
  3. What does “The Law [of] Moses” or “The Book of the Law” refer to? (verses 7-8)
    1. What is type of writings are contained in This “Book” or “Law” which Joshua had? [hint: look in the first five books of your Bible]
    2. How would “The Book of the Law” help Joshua to be courageous? [Hint: considering your answer to the above]
  4. Apart from “The Book of the Law”, what else does the Lord assure Joshua with to help him be courageous? (verses 5 and 9)
  5. Regarding the nature of courage: what is implied in the repeated command to “Be strong and courageous!”

Personal reflection and application questions

Joshua knew exactly what they would face when they would cross the Jordan and face the inhabitants of the land, yet the Lord called him to not give in to fear but to be courageous to fulfill his mandate. He would find courage as he looked into the mighty acts and commands of God which Moses recorded (Genesis through Deuteronomy), but mostly in the comforting knowledge of the presence of the Lord. But in the end, Joshua had to choose to be courageous.

  1. Can you recall an instance in your life when you had to choose between succumbing to fear or being courageous? What was the circumstance and why did you respond that way?
  2. In which aspects of your life are you prone to being courageous? Why?
  3. In which aspects of your life are you prone to being timid? Why?
  4. Consider your current situation. For what cause must you show courage? How will you do it?

Prayer

Thank God for his faithfulness, for all the times he has preserved and delivered you in the past.  Pray that you may know God and the power of his resurrection, that your heart may be strong.

 

 

Holy Spirit 11 – The Promised Spirit

The aim of this devotional study is to consider the significance of the Indwelling Spirit ina believer.

Scripture

Galatians 3:1-14

1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.  2  Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3  Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4  Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? 5  Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– 6  just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9  So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10  For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”– 14  so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Observation and reflection

Context: Paul’s letter to the Galatians was written to correct false teachings (by a sect known as the Judaizers) that believers ought to uphold the Old Testament sacramental or ceremonial law (including male circumcision and observing Sabbath) to be righteous before God.

  1. What is Paul’s main argument that the believers in Galatia did not have to observe any sacramental or ceremonial Law to be right in God’s eyes?
  2. How and when did the Galatian church members “receive the Spirit”? (verse 2-3)
  3. What was a sign that these believers received the Holy Spirit? (verse 5)
  4. Abraham is known as the “father of faith”. Why would Paul use him as example in his argument against the need for observing the Jewish sacramental or ceremonial laws?
  5. Paul refers to “the Promised Holy Spirit” For the Old Testament Jew, what would the promised indwelling Spirit be a sign of? (You might want to refer to Jeremiah 31:33-34)

Personal reflection and Application

Paul argued that believers received the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary suffering and death on the cross as a sign of the New Covenant, and therefore believers need not need to fulfill any Old Testament ceremonial or sacramental law to please God.

  1. When did you come to faith in Christ? Or when were you born again?
  2. How do you know you are born again?
  3. How do you experience the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  4. What is the proof in your life that you have received the Holy Spirit of God?

Prayer

Thank God for the gift of freedom and acceptance in the Holy Spirit.  Then pray as your heart leads you in response to the Scripture today.

Worship 1 – surrendering all to God

The Aim of this devotional study is to study the first mention of worship in the Bible.

Scripture

Genesis 22:1-6

1  After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  2  He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

3  So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

4  On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.  5  Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”  6  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.

Observation

Context: This is the beginning of the historic event where Abraham obeyed God and offered Isaac went to offer his son Isaac, before the Lord intervened. 

  1. When someone invite you to a worship celebration, what do you expect?
  2. This is the first mention of “worship” in the Bible. What other words would you use to describe Abraham’s attitudes and activities in response to God’s command?
  3. Look at Abraham’s response to God’s command
    1. How soon after God commanend this big sacrifice did Abraham obey? What does that say about his devotion to God?
    2. How long did Abraham journey to obey God? What does that say about his devotion to God?
    3. What efforts did Abraham make to obey God? What does that say about his devotion to God?
  4. Considering this text, what do you learn of Abraham’s worship in terms of:
    1. Surrendering all to God.
    2. Obedience to God.
    3. Faith in God.
    4. Devotion to God.

Application and Prayer

God asked Abraham for the biggest and most precious thing in life – Isaac, his son, his legacy.   And Abraham worshipped God by implicit, radical surrender and obedience.

  1. What is the ONE thing in your life that – if God asks you to do or to give up – you might be tempted to say “no”?
    1. Honestly tell God how you feel about that.
    2. As Abraham, reflect on God as the “Giver of All Good Things” that gave this and can bring it back to life again.
    3. Ask God for grace to surrender even this to Him, and when you’re ready – surrender this thing to God from the heart.
  2. In prayer, worship God by surrendering every aspect of your life to God, devoting your whole self in service to Him, as Paul wrote:

Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

The ministry of Encouragement 1

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the importance and necessity of encouragement.

Scripture

Hebrews 10:19-25

19  Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21  and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

24  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Observation and reflection

Context: The main aim of the letter of Hebrews is to show that Jesus is superior to all and therefore the only qualified savior of the human race, thereby discouraging fearful Christians from turning to various other “mediators” between man and God amidst the rising persecution.  Today’s text is the turning point in the letter to the Hebrews, moving from right thinking (orthodoxy) to right practice (orthopraxis) or the logical consequence from the right thinking.

  1. The author summarizes the main message in his letter at the beginning of his exhortation. Say it in your own words (v19-21).
  2. The author then motivates three responses to this belief about Jesus – what does he motivate the readers to do? (hint: “Let us…”)
  3. What appears to be a main reason why the author encouraged the believers to meet together (in spite of the fear of being exposed as a Christian believer!)? (v23-25)
  4. In light of the context, what would the recipients of this letter “encourage one another” to do?
  5. Why would the author refer to “the Day drawing near” in the context of this letter? (hint: “the Day” refers to the day when Christ returns to judge the living and the dead)

Application

Note: The New Testament are full of references of people who started their walk of faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord but because of fear of persecution or love for earthly pleasures turned away from Jesus.  You possibly know of a few people who do not serve God the way they used to, and also a few people who are disillusioned about their faith in God for various reasons.

  1. In a few sentences review your faith in God through Jesus. (hint: What did Jesus come to do for us? Why did he become man and why did he die?)
  2. In a few sentences review your hope in Christ. (hint: What does God eternally promise us in Christ Jesus?)
  3. Having read these verses above, what could you say to someone who is about to “give up one Christianity” or who asks you “what is the point”? How would you encourage them to hold on to faith and hope in Christ?
  4. Having read these verses above, how you motivate someone who is slack on attending Christian fellowship? From these verses, why would you say is it important to “not neglect coming together”?

Prayer

Pray for a friend who is going through a rough time and send him an encouraging message – perhaps a word the Lord drops in your spirit.

Holy Spirit 1

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the reception of the Holy Spirit within a believer.

Scripture

Galatians 3:2-9

2  Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?  3  Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

4  Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain?

5  Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6  just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?  7  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  8  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”  9  So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Observations

The Paul’s letter to the Galatians he urges the congregation(s) to desist in Jewish religious practices as a means of pleasing God, since by faith in Christ’s substitutionary suffering, death and resurrection they are justified (made right before God).  No “works of the Law” (Jewish rituals or festivals) are required to be fulfilled, since all these point to Jesus’ one redemptive act.

  1. What do we learn about the Spirit and our relationship with God in this text?
  2. According to this text, when did the Galatians receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
  3. What does Paul mean with “receive the Spirit” and “begun in the Spirit”?
  4. What does Paul mean with the phrase “Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected in the flesh?”
  5. It seems as though the churches in Galatia were fluent and comfortable with the working of miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. Why could we think so?
  6. What is the sign (according to Paul) that the Gentiles could be justified by faith and therefore heirs with God? And why is that sign convincing enough?

Personal reflection

  1. (According to this text) how could you be confident that you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit?
  2. How is that visible in your life?
  3. Reflect on the way you approach God and relate to other believers. Are you in danger of trying to “perfect yourself in the flesh” – to earn “good-standing” with God by your actions?  Do you feel a need to?

Prayer

Spend some time in thanking God for the precious gift of His Spirit (which all believers receive upon confession of faith in Christ’s gift of salvation).  Then prayerfully search your heart whether you err with the Galatians to try and earn your right-standing with God through “holy works”.  If you find some of that in your life – confess and repent of it.

For whom can you pray for the gift of salvation today?

Creation 2

The Aim of this session is to revise our understanding of the Biblical view of creation.

When you have time, look at a few of these interviews with scientists about faith and evolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ  But don’t waste too much of your prescious devotional time there.

Scripture

Hebrews 11:1, 3

1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

3  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Observation

  1. The Biblical author use the words “by faith we understand” which may seem like an oxymoron. How do you make sense of that phrase?
  2. How was creation formed according to this text? What does it refer to?
  3. The phrase so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” begs for a pause to reflect. What do you think when you read that phrase?
  4. The author assumes that one requires faith to conclude God created everything out of nothing. Why do we need faith?

Application

  1. Why is it reasonable to put our faith in God as the Creator of all? (Hint: what do we know about God – his attributes?) Don’t rush over this one.
  2. If God is the creator of all things, what are the logical consequences that flow from that truth? i.e. how does it impact creation, and you as part of creation?

Prayer

Close by praying with David from Psalm 8 (use your own words where you feel to expand or rephrase)

Psalms 8:1-9

1  To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

2  Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4  What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?

5  For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6  You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7  All sheep and oxen– Even the beasts of the field, 8  The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

9  O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Biblical Faith 5

The Aim of this devotional study is to grow in understanding and appreciation of Biblical Faith, and to put it to practice today.

Scripture

Mark 2:1-12

1  And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2  And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.

3  And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4  And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.  5  And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6  Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7  “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

8  And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he said to the paralytic– 11  “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”

12  And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Observations

  1. Jesus healed the paralytic man because of the faith of the friends. How did Jesus see their faith?
  2. Connect the persons or groups on the left with the most appropriate characteristics on the right, as illustrated in this text:

Jesus                            Ecstatic with thanks

God                              Focused on what is right and wrong

Friends                        Alone can forgive sins

Paralytic                      Amazed

Scribes                         Filled with compassion

Crowd                          Acted in faith

  1. What is the lesson on faith in Jesus’ interaction with the friends?
  2. What is the lesson on faith in the Jesus’ interaction with scribes?
  3. What is the lesson on faith in the Jesus’ interaction with paralytic man?

Application and prayer

  1. It is so easy to miss the needs of people or even what God is doing when one fixate on what is “right and wrong” as the scribes’ did. Spend some time to ask the Lord for love and “eyes of faith” to see what he is doing in the lives of the people you interact with today.
  2. The lame man obeyed the command of Jesus to get up immediately and received his healing by faith. Ask the Lord for that faith to obey when He commands to day.
  3. The friends took it upon themselves to act in faith – with lots of creativity and effort – to bring their friend to Jesus for the miracle he needs, and Jesus reward their faith. Which friend needs a miracle today? What will you do to bring him/her to Jesus?  Start in prayer now, and see what the Lord says. (It can be as simple as bringing him/her to church).  Be that friend!

Biblical Faith 4

The Aim of this devotional study is to grow in understanding and appreciation of Biblical Faith, and to gain greater eternal perspective of our faith and suffering.

Scripture

1 Peter 1:3-9

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5  who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8  whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9  receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.

Observations

  1. These verses are loaded with descriptive terms. In two short sentences give the summary of this text.
  2. Write the characteristics of the hope we are born into as Peter describes it here – and what does it mean? In short, what is this hope?
  3. Write the characteristics of our faith as Peter describes it here, and what does it mean.
  4. What is the relation between hope and faith here?
  5. What is the relation between suffering and faith here?
  6. What is meant by the phrase “that the genuineness of your faith… through tested by fire”?
  7. What is meant by the phrase “receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls.”

Application

  1. It frequently happens that people who suffer (while being righteous) gets shaken in their faith, or disillusioned in their hope. Recall the last time you went through a hard patch – what did that do for your faith or hope?
  2. How would Peter’s text here (written to a suffering, persecuted church) be meaningful for people undergoing suffering today? Send a message similar to Peter’s encouragement to someone you know who needs encouragement.
  3. How does the hope that Peter writes to you make you feel? How do you relate to it?  Do you long for it?  Why / why not?

Prayer

In prayer mediate and talk to God about the “living hope” and “salvation ready to be revealed in the last day”.  Also talk to God about the “testing” and “genuineness of your faith”.

And then pray for someone who is going through a tough time along these lines as well.

Biblical Faith 3

The aim of this devotional study is to grow in understanding of Biblical faith and to evaluate our lives in the light of Jesus’ life and teachings on faith.

Scripture

Mark 9:17-29

17  And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”

19  And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”  20  And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.

21  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  22  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23  And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.

24  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

25  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”  26  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  27  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

28  And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  29  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Observation

This text is another notable teaching of Jesus on prayer.  Read through the text again, making notes on the lessons in faith you can learn from Jesus’ teachings and actions:

  1. Note Jesus’ the interaction between Jesus and the disciples (v19, 28-29). How would you describe Jesus’ response to the disciple’s failure to deal with this situation?  And what was Jesus’ faith lesson to them?
  2. Note Jesus’ interaction with the possessed boy’s father. How would you describe his attitude with the father’s desperate request?  What was Jesus’ faith lesson to him?
  3. Notes Jesus’ interaction with the boy. How did Jesus exercise his faith in this situation?

Application and prayer

  1. Reading Jesus word’s to his disciples “O faithless generation… how long am I to bear with you?” – how do you feel? Can you associate with the disciples?  Spend time in prayer with God and talk to him about your measure of faith (cf Romans 12:3).
  2. Reading the father’s plea for help “I believe; help my unbelief!” – how do you feel? Can you identify with the father?  Consider a situation in your life where you acknowledge your unbelief; confess it to God and ask for faith in that area.
  3. Take 5 minutes and meditate* prayerfully on Jesus teaching “All things are possible for one who believes.”

*mediate here means to think about, speak about, pray about and repeat the phrase in prayer with God.  The idea is to internalize and consider the consequences of the truth.

  1. Grab your phone and encourage one person who needs to hear this truth today!

And here is a good anthem for the road today.  Sing along!