Praying Shamelessly

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Mark, New Testament
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Mark 2:1-5
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

As some of you may or may not know, I am in between jobs as we moved 16 weeks back from Dubai here to Vancouver and this was a move in faith where we followed God’s leading. In the last few months, I have been looking for work and it’s been a long but blessed journey as I see doors close and new ones open. Through all of this, we have been praying for God’s leading and his discernment in this area and yesterday was a low in the process as I lost an opportunity to a better candidate after many rounds of interviews. As you can expect, our first thoughts were to feel bitter and shaken by this but as we spent time in God’s word and in prayer, we found the Lord speaking to us through Isaiah 40 where we are reminded to ‘Wait on the Lord’ and that we are doing.

Today’s passage spoke to my heart because it reminded me that we need to seek God regardless of our challenges. Can you picture the impossibility of how these 4 people who were carrying the paralytic man could get him across to Jesus? The fact that the place was full and they could not get Jesus’ attention in the normal way did not deter them from getting Jesus to heal the paralytic. They struggled to make a hole in the roof and bring the man before Jesus and this was what moved Jesus to heal the man because of their faith. Today I am reminded that we need to pour out our needs before God regardless of the challenges that are before us and he will bless us in his time. The paralysis was permitted in the man for God’s act of healing as is every issue and challenge in our lives. We are called to pour out our issues before God and ask in faith but we can only do that if we willing to be shameless and willing to show our brokenness. Are you? I certainly am and I know that our Jehovah Jireh will change my struggle to a blessing in his time.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

The Needy Man

Comments
  1. Mavis Selvaraj says:

    The four friends of the paralytic – knew – though they had all the concern, love, compassion in the world – for their friend – they cannot make him whole. But they were sure – there is only One Who can! They were so determined – if they succeeded in their mission – their friend’s life will be changed! They did not consider – the hurdles,cost of repairing the roof, the mockery of the people around, yes – shamelessly they approached Him – Who alone could help them. They were not disappointed! You and I also will not!

    God bless you my son!

    Mommy

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you again for your words of encouragement Mommy. I know that you are storming the heavenlies just like we are and God is certainly hearing and answering in his time. We are excited again by yesterday’s developments and our hopes are on God alone. Vineet

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