A HEART OF HUMBLE PRAYER

Dearest Lord Holy Spirit,  bless those that seek God, create in us a heart to pray in what ever need, In Jesus name Amen.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. – Luke 7:22 

THE WOMAN OF CANAAN – A GENTILE, A SINNER CRIES OUT

HUMBLE WHEN YOU SEEK GOD IN PRAYER

There is not a set method to pray, It is not duty, Prayer is full of passion and desire to be touched by Him to whom you cry. When yet unknown who God is, we have cried to Him in the deepest hour of darkness. Here, a Syro-Phoenician woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon saw Jesus. She saw Him, His light, His power and authority and went after the Lord. She lived in darkness, in immorality and she had no claim on Him as the disciples and children of Israel had! He wasn’t even sent to her, yet when she saw Him, she knew He is the One.

The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. – Mark 7:26. Jesus held His peace.

But He answered her not a word, His disciples were bugged with her crying! She pressed on and didn’t give up,

And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.  Jesus speaks –

But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel – Matt 15: 21- 24.

She pleaded to the Lord, Help me! Help me! Jesus answered –

But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”  For sure, if any one would have heard this from God, how would the responses be… ? Anger, frustration, turn and walk away. No, she didn’t want to walk away, because for long she has seen her daughter suffer, she knew who He is, and that only He can help. God tells us –

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;

They shall never hold their peace day or night.

You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,

And give Him no rest till He establishes

And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth  – Isa 62:6-7

She gave His soul no rest, she cried out until God broke her and she kept yielding, worshiping God and praising His Holy name, Yeah she didn’t get offended and walk out! She knew God is mercy ! For only Holy Spirit can reveal this!

And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. When God rebukes, do you put on an act? Do you reject what He says, no you say – Lord I am not worthy that you look at me, yet Lord I seek You in the multitudes of Your mercies and goodness…  you don’t deserve it! He deserves it!

Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

How beautiful not only to have healing and to be praised for faith by the Lord Himself! His disciples witnessed this! They saw a woman who knew no Law of Moses, knew nothing – was  received by the Lord because of faith. Faith moves the hand of God and yes Faith receives what God gives, She went home joyfully, once filled with darkness and filth. Now – Light of God shining and breaking forth in her dear little daughter! Even though the child didn’t see the Lord herself, she saw in her mother! God I give Glory to you! I praise You!  Lord I lift up Your name!

Two women in tyre and Sidon happy! Jesus awakened her faith !

MULTITUDES TOUCH GOD’S HEART –  THE CRY OF PEOPLE

When we gather in church what is the reason? Here a strange kind of people gathered around Jesus – they brought to Him  ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE WITH SUFFERING, SICKNESSES AND DISEASES.

Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet – Matt 15:30 , Jesus from the top of the mountain beheld this scene of many people walking, tired and hungry , weak and feeble, poor and needy – having more burden of their family and loved ones sick and seeking rest. They didn’t fear the Romans and the Pharisees , they left their homes and knew Jesus of Nazareth has come to their town and now He is sitting on a mountain top and it didn’t seem such a difficult climb for these poor people who could not afford more comfortable mode of transportation, yet these people walked to the Lord. In the heat amongst the stony rocks, they walked.

As they saw the Lord, they cast their dear ones at His feet and their faces showed what they wanted, their eyes spoke to the Lord, their hearts cried to the Lord and JESUS HEALED THEM.

So the multitude marvelled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.- Matt 15:31.

Lift up your voice in prayer for healing, He is the same yesterday and today and forever! He still heals! He still restores. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Remember it is God’s perfect will for healing. Do not doubt, do not be dismayed,He is God our Healer, It is the Covenant He made –

For I am the LORD who heals you Exo 15:26

Love

Sugi

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