Do you have a friend or
family member who is need?
Are you challenged by her illness,
her constant woes?
Does it seem
that no matter how hard you pray,
even if a little spark flies
here or there...
there seems to be no real light
at the end of her tunnel?
Now it happened on a certain day,
as He was teaching,
that there were Pharisees and
teachers of the law sitting by,
who had come out of every town
of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem.
And the power of the Lord
was present to heal them.
Then behold, men brought on a bed
a man who was paralyzed,
whom they sought to bring in
and lay before Him.
And when they could not find
how they might bring him in,
because of the crowd,
they went up on the housetop and
let him down with his bed through
the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
When He saw their faith, He said to him,
“Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
Who’s faith was being challenged?
Who went to the farthest ends possible
to get in the healing presence of Jesus?
Because it wasn’t the man
who was in need of the miracle...
the ill friend or family member.
Rather it was them.
They were the ones who had been praying.
They were the ones who shared his burden.
They had known his needs,
they had given him rides,
they had brought him meals,
they had taken care of his children
they had posted on Facebook his prayer request,
They had wondered...
is this faith truly working?
For their friend didn’t seem
to ever get better no matter what they did.
So they did what was no longer reasonable.
They stretched their faith beyond the normal limits.
When they were left outside,
and couldn’t get in where miracles happen
they wouldn’t take no for an answer.
They had to get to Jesus, where...
the power of the Lord
was present to heal.
So they set their minds on higher things,
and didn’t take no for an answer.
When He saw their faith,
their friend, who was no longer
strong enough to hope for himself,
was healed... was made whole.
Sometimes the one most desperate,
the one in the darkest place,
who is barraged by illness,
her constant woes...
is left without the faith to carry herself
to the place of healing
But that's where friends and family
like them are needed most.
They stretch their faith for the one
who no longer can.
And they lift their friend to Him.
For He honors their faith.
Is there someone you need to pray for?
Someone who's request seems
out of bounds?
Maybe your just needed, like them...
who can help when they lift prayers
past the point of reason
to the God of unreasonable hope.
Maybe be you can be faith
when your friend or family
has no more left.
Jesus will honor the healing prayers
when He sees your faith in action.
Dont quit until you see the miracle.
Word of God
train me today...
To stretch my faith for my friend
even when hers has run low.
To join with them in love, action, and
support, bringing her closer to Jesus'
tender touch with every daily prayer.
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