4/2: Get More, Pray More

 

Early on in Jesus’ ministry, the people of the region discovered His ability to heal. Soon there was nowhere He could go where He wasn’t mobbed. The gospel of Luke tells the story of when He healed a man suffering from leprosy. Although He told the man not to tell anyone, but to go and show himself to the priests to make an offering for his cleansing, the news of the miraculous healing spread anyway. Luke then states that “the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities” Luke 5:15 (NKJ).

That seems only logical. I too would have been running to Jesus, not only reaching out for my own healing and/or deliverance, but dragging along all my sick relatives and friends as well. You would have been doing the same thing!

The verse that follows in Luke’s account, though, gives us insight into how Jesus was handling all of this attention. Luke 5:16 says, “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” The spotlight was on Him everywhere He went. He was well aware that His divinity was continually slipping out of His humanity as healing flowed to those He touched and those who touched Him. And the more it happened, the more He prayed.

Take the hint. Jesus intends for us to live life more abundantly as His children. God is not at all against us having more; He just wants us to remember that the “more” comes from Him. Jesus may not have had lots of physical things like we do, but we certainly can say that He lived a pretty abundant life. Changing water into wine, walking on water, healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, making the lame to walk, raising the dead: that’s an awfully abundant ministry. So like Jesus, the more abundantly we live, the more abundantly we ought to pray.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 2, 2013.

5 Responses to “4/2: Get More, Pray More”

  1. Divine healing is one of my favorite topics. This is a profound exegesis of the passage in Luke 5:15. There are several theologically sound points that are noteworthy. I love the point that Miinister Sharon makes that Jesus’ “divinity was continually slipping out of His humanity especially withing the context of His supernatural healing ministry. It spoke to me so personally and poignantly. I believe that we sould entreat God to realease His divinity through our humanity, in whatever area He has called and spiritually gifted us, so His spotlight will be on us for the glory of His Kingdom. Instead, so many tend to put a lot of energy into self glorification relying on their God given gifts. Another point that jumped out at me is Sharon’s humorous statement about “dragging all our sick relatives and friends with us to Jesus for healing.” This can be very challenging when they are in denial that they are sick. Finally, Sharon teaches us “…the more abundantly we live, the more abundantly we ought to pray. This is so true, especially when we recall that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth and all that we have comes from Him.

    • Dear Readers, This comment from Chaundra is epic: “I believe that we sould entreat God to release His divinity through our humanity, in whatever area He has called and spiritually gifted us.” Wow! Chaundra, thanks for this!

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