Posts Tagged ‘Faith of a mustard seed’

Luke 17:5-6 Lord, Increase Our Faith!

Deep roots produce healthy plants

Deep roots produce healthy plants

Today we are going to look at Jesus’ disciples’ prayer. This should be our prayer too.

Luke is famous for putting thoughts together instead of timelines. We are not told if this lesson follows on the heels of the previous one. But the topic matter certainly does. In yesterday’s reading we looked at temptation to sin. Today we are looking at faith.

We are told that the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. Just in case you are wondering, the apostles were Jesus’ inner circle disciples. When He called twelve of His followers out by name they became our twelve disciples. But He also called them apostles. This elevated them above the rest of Jesus’ followers by a step. The rest of those following Him, who were committed to learn from Him, were also His disciples. But these twelve are the ones who made this request of Jesus.   Read more »

Matthew 17:14-21 Jesus Heals the Boy with a Demon

I want THAT KIND of faith!

I want THAT KIND of faith!

Jesus, Peter, John and James are coming down from the mountaintop. Jesus has just finished telling this small group to keep quiet, for a time, about what happened on the mountaintop. They approach the place where the rest of the disciples and a crowd have gathered. The disciples had been ministering to the people in Jesus’ absence. Jesus had given them the authority to do so a while back. As they approach though, something is obviously wrong.

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event in Jesus’ ministry. You can find Mark’s account in Mark 9:14-29. Luke’s record can be found in Luke 9:37-43. There are many things that are recorded by all three of these gospels, but not a lot of the miracles make the cut across them all. All three accounts tell of the demon’s final hurrah on the way to Jesus and also mention Jesus’ remarks about the multitude being faithless. John’s is the only gospel that doesn’t record this event.   Read more »