SIMPLICITY OF PRAYER

Dear Holy Spirit, this flesh cannot pray and Lord teach us to pray as Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and grant those that truly seek  a heart of prayer – in Jesus name Amen.

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.- Luke 11:1

PRAYER IS SIMPLE

The Gospel is full of account when sinners prayed to God, so often believers complain what to pray and how to pray. But Prayer isn’t so complicated. Prayer is simple. God wants His children to pray and He doesn’t want it to be formal and repetitive but simply a true confession of faith of who He is and that we speak to Him and understand the ways of Almighty God , It’s a cry to Abba Father.

Yet in the Gospel many didn’t know Him, they were the heathen, the lepers and they saw the Glory of God, knew Jesus was the Messiah, in Him is the Spirit of God the Father. 

THE CRY OF LEPER – A SINNER

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. – Matt 8: 1-3

The leper lifted up his voice to Jesus and said please make me clean. His voice must have been so frail because of the infirmities, his clothes were dirty and bruises all upon him, yet he knew in his heart that God will not forsake him. So, in this deep distress and a divine moment of his life where he did not have friends visiting him, the Saviour was passing by and he stepped out and cried to Jesus, a great multitude was following Jesus and it must have been crowded . Even when a person has a cold or simple fever, we barely can lift up our voice to ask anything for our own needs, yet this leper was willing to Worship Him. He not only lifted up his deep needs , he was willing to forget his misery and worship God who made him and said – Lord, if you are willing, make me clean. He knew  that Jesus was able and Jesus in a fatherly manner – stretched out the Mighty arm to heal and restore and also shared His heart with Him , Son I am willing! Be cleansed…  immediately the leprosy was cleansed. For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.

 Now, a relationship is formed, and Jesus instructs him.

And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 

THE CRY OF THE CENTURION – 

 

FAITH MOVES GOD’S HAND IN YOUR NEED

The Centurion truly cared for his fellow servants and there was one that was really close to him that when he lied at the point of death, he chose to go after this Jesus he must have so much heard previously.

He came and made his requests known to Jesus –

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”  – Matt 8: 5

As always handling matters with great speed,  he didn’t delay in telling Jesus what was in his heart – Lord my servant is sick, he needs You, He is being tormented by the paralysis. Even before he could have said anything more, Jesus said –

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him –  Matt 8: 6

Jesus saw the simplicity of this man’s faith in prayer.  Jesus sees the heart of man even in great distress. This centurion was willing to travel far to come and make known to Jesus the state of his servant, in the heat, his own heart must have been in great distress and yet he chose to come and Jesus said – I WILL COME AND HEAL HIM, Jesus loves to heal,He is the Healer. He loves those that ask Him to heal.  He is willing to heal.

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.  For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.  And his servant was healed that same hour. – Matt 8:7-13

The humility of the centurion man – who saw his own nothingness in front of the Majestic King and said I am not worthy that You should come under my roof! Lord, Just speak a word and my servant shall be healed! The centurion must have heard of Jesus earlier and came to Him but when he saw Jesus everything changed – He knew he was no ordinary man, he is the Son of God! He knew that He was a Man of Authority and power from High! 

Jesus was joyful,  marvelled at this man who did not know the covenant keeping God of Israel yet bowed himself to such humility that Jesus cried out and said  – I have not found such great faith not even in Israel.

It’s not head knowledge that touches God, it’s not even soulish prayer that touches God, it is the prayer in faith and simple believe that He is willing, that you know when HE speaks a Word, all will be calm! All will be well. Yes, we need to come to Jesus as these simple people came. Not with heavy words, too difficult to pronounce , just to Lord in faith! 

SIMPLICITY OF PRAYER – 

  • Worship God, Glorify Jesus 
  • Lift up your need to Him – Be specific
  • Pray in faith – believing God will answer
  • Come to Him with expectation
  • Remember His promise – God’s Word.  Speak it! 
  • Humble your self
  • Know God’s ways.
  • LOVE HIM ALWAYS

Love

Sugi

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