Contending for Health
When we fast we give up food & certain drinks in order to open our spiritual eyes. In our slightly more hungry, weakened state we come to realise that we need God more than ever, and He responds. Do you believe that? I do, and I encourage you to believe that as you read this today.
Keith Calder mentioned something important at our in person meeting in Kingston, he said that the restrictions that covid, and lock down, have brought could lead us to view God as one who is restricted, seeing him through slightly foggy, covid blurred lenses. The good news is that God has not changed one little bit, so let’s take a moment to remove those foggy lenses and remind ourselves that although we don’t have the usual freedoms, this does not change, and has not changed the Great I am at all. Although we may not be able to meet in person for our prayer, even meeting on Zoom doesn’t change God being present with us. Matthew 18:20 still holds: ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them’. So today as you pray, put on your kingdom lenses, and choose to see things through the eyes of the King and his Kingdom, what is he saying?; and what is he encouraging you to contend for in the area of our health.
One of the most important things we need to do when it comes to trusting God for our health and for healing is to ASK – He wants us to ASK. When Jesus walked this earth there were often occasions when he could very obviously see what people’s needs were, but he still asked them ‘What do you want me to do’? In Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho and there was a large crowd, amongst them were two men, who were on the side of the road, and they shouted out to him ‘Have mercy on us’! Nothing was going to stop them, they kept shouting and when Jesus came up to them, although it must have been obvious they were blind, he still asked them ‘What do you want me to do?’ He was then moved with compassion and he restored their sight to them.
Can we do our best in the midst of our suffering to stay close to Jesus and hold tightly onto him, leaning on his great and mighty understanding, an understanding that reaches outside of our world, and sees the past, the present and the future, and holds it all in His mighty hands.
Today let’s focus our prayer and contend for:
- Physical healing in bodies
- An end to continued struggle with covid related symptoms in those who have had it, and a protection over our community in contracting covid.
- Healing from mental health struggles brought on by anxiety, that God’s peace would be restored
- Mental and Physical Health of our children and teens