January 30, 2012

HISCHILD214 MINISTRY 2012

January 30, 2012

Daniel 3:17 & 18

If that is the case our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.

Matthew 8:8 (paraphrased)

Lord, I know I am not worthy but still I come to you and ask: Speak Lord Jesus -speak only a word – and my husband shall be healed.

 

If you have ever interceded on the behalf of a loved one then you do understand how frustrating it is to know that Jesus only needs to speak a word, just one word, and your loved one will be healed. I mean after all, He healed the Centurion’s servant; He certainly can heal your family member. Nothing is impossible with God, right? (Luke 1:37) You are told by Jesus to come to Him with your requests and you do. Then you wait. Then you pray some more, then you wait some more and this waiting is what frustrates you.

It is for this reason that I have chosen our first verses from the book of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are about to be put into a fiery furnace to be burned alive because they refused to worship the false gods of Nebuchadnezzar. They had to be terrified. They have seen how evil this king can be and undoubtedly they have seen others burned alive. They heard the screams; they understand the torment that awaits them. Still and in spite of all that, they stand there and tell the king to push them in. They know that God can save them. They tell the king that. They also tell the king that God can choose not to save them, and if that is God’s choice well, He is still God.

The Centurion says almost the same thing. He acknowledges to Jesus that he knows he is a nobody to God. He is asking for his servant, not a family member but someone he owns, to be healed. He tells Jesus that His personal presence is not needed, but His word from where He stands can be spoken and healing will be done. What amazing faith seen in a Centurion. Such amazing faith in the three young men.

So does this mean that when we pray and God does not save or heal that our faith is lacking? No! It simply means what the three men and the Centurion understood before they asked, and just to make it simple I will pray it out as I end.

 

You are God, You are capable of doing all things. You can save and You can heal. You can say the word in heaven and it shall be done here on earth. I come before You and I ask then for You to heal _____________ this day. If You choose not to heal ________________ You are still God and You are still good, and You still love me and You still love them. Your saving them or healing them does not prove Your love, Jesus proves Your love and that, Father, is enough for me.

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