PRAYERS THAT OPENS THINGS UP
In Mark 7:31-37 we read about a deaf and mute man that Jesus healed.
What stands out to me most in this story is in verse 32, when it says: “There some people (people of the region) brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.”
It wasn’t like other stories where the people ran to Jesus crying out for mercy for themselves, but the people from the region ran to Jesus begging on his behalf instead.
The bible doesn’t say who THEY were but they stand out to me as intercessors before their time; those with great love and compassion for others who took those loved ones to Jesus.
We are most often wanting something from Jesus ourselves but how many of us go the extra mile for someone else, taking others to God in prayer with such urgency?
This strikes me today as a focal point for me this week and I encourage you to do the same. Yes I pray for others often but I want to pray with such love, compassion and urgency that I run to Jesus in prayer-not begging like they did but as one who feels deeply enough to speak from a commanding place of authority (as he told us to) knowing God loves them as much as I do-and probably more.
Notice in verse 34 that Jesus groaned a DEEP SIGH. Why, what is that about? Have you ever had such love and compassion for the broken, sick or downcast that a sigh came from you?
That’s the kind of love and compassion I want as I pray for others; the kind that feels deeply and cries out in prayer, commanding things in their lives to be healed in Jesus name. Jesus spoke directly to the deaf ears and tangled tongue-BE OPENED and so should we!
Some of the best prayers we can pray should start deep within us as groans or sighs that cannot be verbalized at first-but felt.
Luke 10:19 says that we have the power and authority to overcome ALL the power of the enemy (we have the power of choice, power to influence and change, governmental ruler-ship and power, judicial decision making power as a judge or magistrate and royal authority which is established in a crown).
Let us pray from this position and reality this week dear ones and watch what God will do for those we love.
“….seeing so many people, his heart was deeply moved with compassion for them, so he healed all the sick who were in the crowd.” Matthew 14:14
Closing prayer: Dear Jesus fill me with the same love and compassion for the hurting, sick, broken, downcast and oppressed as you have. Jesus help me see them like you do and in turn let that love stir me to pray DEEPLY and fervently for their release from all captivity-in Jesus name.