Make a Way for the One: Week 3 - Day 3

Opening Prayer

Lord, I thank you for these words and the way you want to use them in my life. May I listen for your still, small voice as I seek to understand.

Read: Matthew 17:14-15 (ESV)

“And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.”

Reflect:

Mercy. It’s something we all want for ourselves, and it’s certainly what we want for our children when hard things are happening. We see them sometimes walking along arduous paths, and can feel helpless when circumstances are beyond our ability to repair and fix.

As a parent, I can only imagine what this father was willing to do to find mercy and relief for his child who had no control over what was happening inside him. Jesus actually got a bit terse with his disciples for not calling down healing for this child earlier. They had the power to call out the demon, but their faith was too small to make it happen. “And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’  He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matthew 17:18-20)

Apply:

What does your faith look like? Do you believe nothing is impossible when you ask and seek in Jesus’ name? Do you believe the mercy of the Father is available when we go to him by faith? That same faith is seen by people looking for mercy and relief from their problems. It’s been said you may be the only Bible someone “reads”. Today, walk out what it means to live by faith, what it means to love and serve a merciful God…lost people are watching.

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help me each day to walk out my faith for others to see. I pray I can show them what it means to be loved by a merciful God…so much that they want to follow after Jesus and accept His forgiveness for their sins. Please give me the opportunity to be Jesus to others.

Terry Schneider