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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
And their prayer offered in faith . . . –James 5:15 (NLT)
Mark 2:1-12 – Several days later Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the town. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for one more person, not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them. Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug through the clay roof above his head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, “What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew what they were discussing among themselves, so he said to them, “Why do you think this is blasphemy? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!”
The man jumped up, took the mat, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers. Then they all praised God. “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” they exclaimed.
Quoted verse: The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. –James 5:15 (NIV)
“Story” – Rando Metsamaa (Estonia) titled his story “HAVE FAITH;” here is a portion of Rando’s story:
“I serve a small church in Estonia. One Sunday morning before the service began, the phone rang and a desperate mother said to me, ‘Our son Romet has been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Doctors give us no hope, and he does not have much time left. We have heard that God can help in such situations.’
“‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘God can help, and we will pray for your son.’ The woman responded, ‘We will come right now to your service!’ . . .
“When I arrived at the church, the family was already waiting for me. We changed the order of service and took time to pray for Romet. We relied on God’s promises. Some months later the family returned. The boy’s mother said, ‘Romet has been healed! His doctors are amazed, and we give praise to God!’
“This story reminds me of when Jesus healed the paralyzed man in today’s reading. Because of the faith of the man’s friends, Jesus healed him and forgave his sins. Though Jesus may not heal each of us in the same way, he can do miraculous things in our lives.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Prayer is powerful.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust that our faithful prayers make a difference. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/