Devotional 1/10

They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:4-5

The best kind of friend is a praying one.

It’s one thing to claim to go with the flow of life, or to surrender our lives to Christ… and a whole other ballgame when we must go through something like sickness, disease or disability. The truth is that nobody wants to feel weak, sick or be paralyzed: I have never met a single person who has ever enjoyed losing their strength or inner peace. The Bible says this particular man had, palsy: paralysis with involuntary trembling. And in our days this is any condition which causes paralysis or impotence (powerlessness). 

We know there are certain things which trigger paralysis, things like fear, offense, guilt, shame, self-condemnation, bitterness, and apathy. And even unresolved conflicts, secrets, and things which are hidden within us of which we are not aware of. Some things become blocks to advancement when we either don’t deal with them as we should, or dismissed them as unimportant. In our logical minds, everything has a reason but it’s important to be cautious when judging other people’s conditions. After all we saw that Job’s friends judged his condition as God’s punishment for his sin, when in actuality the Lord had permitted Satan to attack. In another occasion, Jesus defended a blind man before the Pharisees, saying: neither this man nor his parents sinned, he was born blind so that God may glorify Himself.  

The Lord wants to heal whatever condition you are currently in. God has placed specific people around you, and has opened their hearts to love and cherish you as important: these people can be like these 4 men. The word says that Jesus saw the faith of these men, and therefore healed the paralytic. These men went through the trouble of climbing to the roof of the house where Jesus was ministering, with the weight of this man on them! And additionally dug through the tiles, the grass, branches and beams which made up the roof of that house, to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus. 

Are you this kind of friend? Do you have friends that would fight for you in time of need?

I challenge you guys today, to assess your life correctly: put your pride or shame aside, and ask a friend to help you out. Your friends’ faith is valued by God. Reach out to those people around you, who would love to serve God by serving you. And you as well, ask around which of your friends could use your help in prayer or in life?

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for all the ways you minister to us. Thank you for being a Living God, and offering us your Living Word. We are honored to know you as our Lord, and Savior. Thank you for also being our teacher, our counselor, our comforter, our healer and our deliverer. I pray that we could be better friends than Job’s friends, and may we be true brothers and sisters in the faith without hypocrisy, and without reproach. May we be open-minded, and discerning as to what our loved ones are battling, so that we may be able to pray effectively. In Jesus mighty and matchless name, Amen.   

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