“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well’” (John 5:6).
Jesus once asked a guy, point-blank, to stop beating around the bush and just say what he wanted. An invalid for thirty-eight years, the man spent his days lying by a pool called Bethesda, which was thought to have curative powers. Some Bible scholars speculate that he had probably given up all hope of ever getting better and had settled for a life of begging. Maybe he still occasionally prayed for God’s healing – but it was a prayer that lacked conviction. It was a halfhearted plea.
Then Jesus arrived on the scene asking, “Do you want to get well?” Jesus wanted to hear, in no uncertain terms: “I want to get well.” This would be a risky declaration. Risky, because it would open the man up to the possibility of disappointment in the event that Jesus did not heal him. But it would also be an expression of faith. And Jesus loves it when we trust him with our requests.
–Adapted from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Lord Jesus, You know the desires of my heart, and it is awesome that Your plans for me are perfect. Help me to trust You enough to do what is best for me, and what will bring You the most glory by asking boldly as an expression of my faith.
Praise God that your sighing is not hidden from him (Ps. 38:9). Give thanks that you can cast all your care on him because he cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7). Confess to God the many times you worry, are fearful, or trust in something other than God (Ps. 37:5-6). Commit yourself to daily food from God’s Word and time with him in prayer. Ask God for victorious faith that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4).
Pray that your church will be living proof of the fact that God fulfills the desires of those who fear him (Ps. 145:19).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend