Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As You Have Believed

Matthew 8:13--"Let it be done for you as you have believed."--Jesus.
Why are many of us so afraid of verses like this? I think I know. On the one hand, we fear turning into "name-it-claim-it" nut jobs. On the other hand, if we're really honest, the bigger reason is that we fear disappointment. Rather than risk being disappointed with God, we just don't ask for much that is specific and try to be content with our mundane spirituality. We're like the teenager, gifted in hoops, but who doesn't play the game because she just might fail. I find it interesting that Matthew 8:1-13 doesn't even revolve around what we might consider Kingdom urgencies. Both accounts of healing deal with relief from suffering. These words are then followed up with the account of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law from fever...A Kingdom urgency?? Why not ask the Father to move in your own or someone else's life today in a big way through specific, believing prayer?!...Oh, one more thing, we must recognize that to come to THIS prayer-answering Jesus in believing prayer is to come to the One, who in Matthew 8:22 says, "Follow Me and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

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