Prayer (5 minutes):
- Today, I’m using the 5 minutes to ask for forgiveness for my faithlessness, and for God to renew my heart. Feel free to join!
Scripture (5 minutes): John 4:27-45 (ESV)
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the phrase below. Repeat it 3x out loud.
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done. – CS Lewis
How often do I look for excuses instead of prayer? What I mean by that, is how often is the initial impulse felt to try to convince ourselves out of a need or prayer request, instead of faithfully praying with an open heart?
This poor guy in the story had every reason to justify not asking to be healed. Couldn’t walk. Couldn’t move fast enough. Needed help.
Yet, even when the Master asks Him if he wants healing, he initially responds with an excuse as to why he cannot be healed: his own limitations.
Jesus is standing in front of Him asking if he desires healing, and he’s focused on his own shortcomings.
This is the same myopic view I hold on most days. Instead of submitting and trusting that God will fulfill on the desires/requests/needs we have – I justify mentally why I truly don’t need or want the outcome and therefore shouldn’t ask. In this way, I am faithless.
Jesus is standing in front of us this morning and every morning with open arms waiting to receive us and to give us better life than we can imagine. We just have to get our head out of our own minds, and trust Him instead.