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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PRAYER THAT GOD HEARS

Dear Holy Spirit, let us pray the prayer that God hears which move mountains and glorifies the name of Christ , In Jesus name Amen.

A LITTLE GIRL COMES TO LIFE – 

While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying,My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live. So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. – Matt 9:18

Surely this man must have left his house when his daughter was yet alive and in the process as he was nearing Jesus through the crowds that were pressing to the Lord to touch him, how anxious he must have been! His heart would have wanted to go back to be with his daughter and yet he went ahead until he stood face to face with the Lord and could make his petitions known to the Lord. When ever any one spoke to Jesus, He gave them His full attention. Yes , Jesus hears every cry and sigh of your heart. He sees and knows.

JESUS SAID – I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live – John 11:25

When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping. And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land. – Matt 9: 23-26

PRAYER BELIEVES FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE TO BE POSSIBLE IN GOD 

In weakness this man stood before the Lord and said my daughter is dead, Wonderful is the prayer of faith, prayer of faith is believing the impossible! His daughter has died and what in human intellect could have made him ask the next thing he uttered? Nothing. When grief was just surrounding his heart , he still let his desire be made known to God, please wake her up, she’s dead, lay Your hands O Almighty Lord and she will live. How many have wished Jesus would just change what they just heard about their beloved.

Jesus followed this man to his house with His disciples – to resurrect the dead, to Him she was asleep but to us  she was dead, as Jesus walked with him, how the father’s heart must have pained. Do dwell to know God does raise us up when we can’t ourselves. He is the One pouring out the prayer made by God the Holy Spirit in us.

THE WOMAN WITH ISSUE OF BLOOD – ACT OF FAITH

STRETCH OUT YOUR FAITH

This woman who had an infirmity for twelve years suffered a lot and at that time being under the Law of Moses, she was  disconnected to people due to her condition. Her life was desolate.

Some understand her condition, and understand the  life of loneliness and sickness and now the woman almost at the worst stage of her condition hears that the Lord Jesus is walking by! Many throngs followed Jesus, voices near her home and she was distracted from her pain to this noise… the people making it obvious Jesus is passing by. Did she hear about Jesus before hand? Did she know at that time this Man heals! What was informed about Jesus to her I do not know, but this I know that this woman socially cut off, did do a daring thing.. Faith surely lifts up a person and we act in faith.

CHOICE OF FAITH

Her faith for being healed did come alive, all these years she was lying and living dormant… now SUDDENLY she was in the scene following Jesus, amongst the crowd, she forgot the people and the push and the pain, she kept desiring to come near Him…  Suddenly ! She came behind Jesus and touched the Hem of His garment and was made whole instanteously… Her faith made her to GET UP and TOUCH HIM, Yeah, she wasn’t some theologian who knew too much, she just knew He is the answer to her prayers! He didn’t pass by that street unknowingly, He knows every sheep. He knows you! He knows me. He knows where we are…  how we are, She said to herself, If I may touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole. Faith must go inside of you, must reach out from your head to your heart where your spirit man will now take action! She did. Jesus didn’t condemn but comforted her –

But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.  – Matt 9: 22

UNSTOPPABLE CRY OF BLIND MEN – IN DARKNESS, LIFT UP THE VOICE

As Jesus walked, two blind men followed the Lord and crying out to Him, Son of David, have mercy on us! Jesus really tested their faith, they were on the road and were crying out and now Jesus entered a house and the blind men came to Him and Jesus said to them,

Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith let it be to you. And their eyes were opened – Matt 9: 28-30

All they had to say Yes, and tug along Jesus and believe – Jesus knew they had lived in that condition for long, we don’t know from birth or later, sometimes, delay from God doesn’t mean He didn’t hear us but He prepares us to receive the answers. When Jesus spoke to them, they STILL BELIEVED that He can heal! There was something about them, they knew He isn’t just anyone – the One foretold and waited on.. The Messiah!

The Messiah is the Saviour of your soul, cast your self at the feet of Jesus and let your faith in God be resurrected, faith is believing in God and knowing God is willing and  able to restore, save and provide in any condition one may be in, For the Word of God is truth.

God bless you all

Love 

Sugi

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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