Monday, March 8

Lenten Meditations 2012

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Monday, March 8

Psalm 80; Gen. 44:18-34; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; Mark 5:21-43

Have Faith “IN” Prayer

Mark 5:21-43

The two stories of the healing of Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter or the healing of the woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years are well known to most of us. The father of the 12-year-old child asks Jesus to come to his house to heal his daughter, so Jesus is walking through a large crowd of people toward their home.

However, Jesus feels a power, a healing power, flowing from the hem of his robe. He stops to look for the cause of this power. The woman who touched his robe trembled, as she is afraid she is in trouble. In fact, the woman KNEW she would be healed if she just touched his robe! Jesus tells her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Similarly, Jesus tells the father of the child, “Do not fear, only believe.” They continue on to the house where the child is and once there, Jesus heals the child.

Each and every one of us must have faith that our prayers will be answered. The word “prayer” really means “something wished for,” that is, wished of God. All that true prayer seeks is God Himself, for with Him we get all we need. Jesus said, “Have faith in God. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11: 22-24)

Prayer is simply “the turning of the soul to God.” David describes it as the lifting up of the living soul to the living God. “Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul” (Psalms 25: 1). What a beautiful description of prayer that is! When we desire Jesus to behold our souls, we also desire that the beauty of holiness may be upon us. When we lift up our souls to God in prayer it gives God an opportunity to do what He will, with us and in us. It is putting us at God’s disposal. God is always on our side; when man prays, it is God’s opportunity. The poet says:

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,

Uttered or unexpressed,

The motion of a hidden fire

That trembles in the breast.

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
(Mark 9: 23)

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