And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher into the middle of the crowd, infront of Jesus. Luke 5:18-19 (NASB)
Just recently I heard a Christian say that they wished they could go to church without having to listen to so many prayer requests. To be completely honest, I was stunned that such sentiment even existed in the Christian community among believers in Christ. Only to realize that I am just as guilty when I tell people I will pray for them, but forget the very instant I leave their presence.
The act of prayer is the simplest and yet most powerful thing we can do to show our love for one another. However, it seems that in our busyness, we simply do not wish to be bothered with the needs of others or take the time to present these requests to Jesus. I am certain this paralyzed man in the book of Luke would have a much different opinion.
I can tell you for sure that the qualities I see in this man's friends are the qualities that we would all want in a friend. They obviously did not let busyness keep them from carrying their friend to Jesus so that he might have the possibility of healing. They weren't even discouraged by the fact there were circumstances which made the task seem impossible. They clearly were determined. If there was a chance, even a tiny possibility, then they were going to find a way for their friend to see and experience this God-man who was able to heal the sick and make the lame walk again.
They had hope that Jesus would do what seemed impossible at the time.
Even now as I write this, I am overwhelmed with how often I give up much too soon in praying for my friends who don't call Jesus Savior. Unlike these men, we don't experience problems with crowd control at the throne of Christ, but there are still obstacles. Obstacles like work, family, church, friends, sports, etc.
Like the friends who had to develop a new strategy to carry their friend to Christ, I must set aside a tile of time, openingan opportunity through which I have the honor and privilege to lift my friends needs into the presence ofChrist Jesus.
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Discipline yourself this week by setting aside a specific time to pray for the people God has placed in your life.
O God, we know that without you we could not survive. Remind us this week to pray for those who need to experience You as Savior. Recall to our memory those who may have physical, emotional, or other needs so that we can carry those requests to You. Help us to be determined to find time to love one another in this way. In Jesus name, Amen.
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