“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
There was once a day that when people heard Jesus was preached, they would flood the house to hear the Truth. Multitudes would line the street in front of the door so much so that no one else could get in.
This particular day, Jesus Himself was preaching the Word.
Four men carried their friend sick of the palsy upon his bed. This man could not walk to Jesus on his own. They could not carry him through the door because of the crowd; yet, they refused to give up.
They were determined to get him to Jesus.
“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”
Luke’s account of this scene tells us why they went to such extremes to help their friend. They knew there was only One Who could intervene.
“And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.”
The sick man may have had faith that Jesus could heal him, but we are told what got the Lord’s attention that day. It was not the palsy man upon the bed.
It was the faith of his friends that Jesus saw.
They were not focused on their own needs that day. Instead, they bound together to make a difference in their friend’s life. He needed a miracle, and they knew that only Jesus could perform it.
Do we have faith to bring someone else to Jesus?
Enough faith to resort to desperate methods in order to get them the help they need?
Most likely their situation does not require you to scale the walls of a house, rip off the roof, and lower them down through the ceiling. What a picture of the true faith these men had in Who Jesus is and what He could do. Could the same be said of you?
Are you willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how strange it may seem, for Jesus to see your faith that He can intervene in someone else's life?
Intercessory prayer can make a difference.
But it is the faith behind those prayers for others that truly makes the difference.
Intercede on someone’s behalf asking God to do what only He can in their life.
Prayer changes things.
Faith makes the impossible possible.
How is your intercessory faith today?
1 Samuel 7-8 | Romans 9
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