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Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  (Mark 2:3-5 ESV)

Reflect

The events happening in our country are nothing short of tragic.  Hate, fear, blame, and bitterness are just a few words that can describe the state of our collective hearts as a nation.  What do we do with those around us who just can’t see past the hate? We bring them to Jesus.

So often we come to our devotions, or we go to church and we get filled, we tuck our faiths in our pockets as we exit the church building, and resume our normal lives. The world around us needs Jesus, sisters and it is up to us to let them encounter him.

So many of our neighbors are paralyzed. Unlike the man in Mark 2, we are paralyzed by things such as hate, fear, bitterness, abuse, addiction, and the list goes on. It is up to us to break down the barriers and bring our friends to the only one who can heal, the one who IS love, and the one who breaks chains.

It wasn’t the faith of the paralyzed man that healed him, it was the faith of his friends that Jesus recognized. We aren’t responsible for the result; we are responsible for our obedience. Let’s commit this week to pray for our lost friends, our friends that are hurting, and our friends that need to have that encounter with Jesus. Let’s pray for opportunities to reach out to them, pray with them, invite them to church, and let God do the rest. That is where the healing begins.

Pray

Father, I know you see all the pain that is going on around us, and I know it pains you too. I pray for my friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers that need an encounter with You. I pray that you would give me opportunities to plant seeds, to pray with my neighbors, and to help others know you. I pray for boldness, as well as grace. Help me to be obedient, Father.  You are the chain-breaker, and the ultimate healer. I love you Jesus.  

Your Turn 

Do you know anyone that is hurting? Take some time to write down names of those that need to encounter Jesus. Commit to praying for them daily.