I was reading in Mark 9 the story of when Jesus delivered the little boy who had an evil spirit. Jesus enters the scene right after His disciples have been trying to drive out the spirit and have not been successful. The boy's father is frustrated. He comes to Jesus explaining that he brought him his son, and his disciples were unable to set him free.
Jesus says in verse 19, "Oh unbelieving generation, how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
Jesus was not happy.
Why? He has been training his disciples and living life in front of them for quite some time at this point. He has shown them, through example, that prayer is so vital to one's walk as a believer. But his disciples aren't getting it.
Jesus, takes control of the vile spirit and sets the boy free. With just a few chosen words. He is free. I love it.
The disciples are confused and ask in verse 28..."why couldn't we drive it out?"
Jesus answers in verse 29, "This kind can come out only by prayer." What he doesn't say, but I think implies here is...."When are you boys gonna get it? When are you gonna watch me and do the hard things I do? When is relationship with the Father God going to be more important to you than sleep?"
Why do I think this is implied here? Because of His comment in verse 19.
Jesus then goes on to tell the disciples in verse 30 , "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days, he will rise."
Verse 32 says, "But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it."
When I read this verse I stopped. "Why would your disciples be afraid of asking You a question Lord?"
I felt HimS show me a truth. Jesus had and has A LOT of love and compassion. But Jesus also requires much from us who believe. He is not interested in treating us like babies...He is interested in our growth and our faith becoming strong. Sure...He is patient with us, but then He calls us...then He requires of us....then He expects us to respond in faith.
The disciples were afraid to ask because they knew this one truth.....Jesus will hold us accountable. He will challenge us. He wants us to think, to believe, to listen.
I want to be a disciple who is passionately running after God's truth. I want Jesus to see that I am doing all I know to do to know all I can about Him. This is what I want...to know Jesus in a way He wants to be known. Jesus wanted His disciples to walk in a faith that never doubted, so when they came up against a vile, stubborn spirit...it was easy peasy for them to deal with it.
This is the kind of faith I want.
How about you?