2021_04_30 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 1-2
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”.....”I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
As the miracles of Jesus become front and center in the book of Mark, we read detailed accounts of Jesus healing people. News had spread across the region about Jesus and wherever he was, there was a crowd. If Jesus was in a house, there wasn't even standing room outside! The excitement and commotion must have been palpable. People from surrounding towns brought their sick to Jesus to heal and some boldly asked for healing themselves. As Jesus interacts with the crowd we see his great compassion. A healing touch from Jesus would have changed their lives. The kingdom of God had come near them. No longer would they be the outcast with leprosy or the man who could not walk. They now had a life ahead of them that was unexpected. No wonder news spread about this miracle working Jesus, who could heal your diseases, cast out demons and forgive all your sins.
These exciting passages in Mark make me reflect on my own walk with Jesus. Just how much do I expect to see healing today? If I am honest, I have often decided on how a healing prayer will be answered before I've prayed it. Even after witnessing healing firsthand, logic takes over and I have reasoned why that miracle is not likely to occur. I can pray out of obedience, but praying with expectancy is faith in action.
Romans 8:11 tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can expect to see healing. How remarkable it is that God's power works through us today to further the work of his kingdom? Let's see people in the same compassionate way Jesus did and boldly ask for them to be healed. Stories of God's goodness would be told and miracles would be likely to occur!
I give you my doubt today and ask you to fill me with awe and wonder.
Holy Spirit, work through me to bring your healing power to those around me.
All the glory is yours,
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead