Devotional 1/11

And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:38-39

If we don’t feel desperate for God, we don’t tend to cry out to Him.

The Bible tells of different healings performed by Jesus. Yesterday I spoke about the Lord’s desire to heal us, if we believe. And how He honors the faith of other people’s intercession to work on our behalf. Today, the word desperation came to mind.

  • Desperate: (Of a person) having a great need or desire for something.

There was a man, a blind beggar who heard of Jesus walking by and called out to God for help! This man was desperate for God’s help, and he did not care about the people around him. The people rejected and offended him for calling out to the Master, but his passion for change made all the difference! Any person desperate for change would jump at the opportunity to be healed, restored, forgiven, etc.

There was another man who waited for a miracle of healing for 38 years! There was an angel who came and troubled the waters and caused healing for many. The Bible says the man was sick not paralyzed (which has different effects on the body). In 38 years, anyone desiring to be healed would at least crawl to the edge of the pool! When the Lord asked if he wanted to be healed, this man explained that he felt he was not healed because there was nobody to help him. We lose our passion for God and His help, when: we become complacent in our respective situations, we depend on what others should do for us and we focus on what others are doing against us.

The Lord is compassionate, and extended His mercy to the sick man at Bethesda who gave him excuses, and blamed others. But I believe the Lord tells us today to be passionate about Him, otherwise we will spend years even decades stuck in the same situations. There are breakthrough moments for any believer, who cries out to God!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, we do not want to be stuck like the man at Bethesda! We want to be blessed by you, in healing, deliverance, wisdom, momentum, finances, relational and every other blessing you have for us! We ask you to have mercy sin of David! May we not become limited in our thinking or ability by what other people say or do, or don’t say or don’t do! Thank you Lord for giving us passion for you and to seek your face! In Jesus name, Amen!

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