PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I was reading in Luke this morning about the guys who lowered their friend through the roof of a house so he could be healed by Jesus (Luke 5:17-26). This is a beautiful story of loyalty, friendship, forgiveness, healing, a debate between Jesus and the Pharisees, and an unplanned demolition project. It doesn’t say whether Jesus fixed the hole in the roof in addition to healing the paralyzed man, but what it does say is that Jesus “saw their faith” (verse 20).
Those three words gave me pause for thought. Is my faith strong enough that it’s visible to others? Can my faith be tangibly felt? If I had lived in Israel 2000 years ago and happened to be with Jesus, would my faith be worth writing about and recording for future generations to know? I hope so. Because I love these stories where Jesus interacts with people of extraordinary faith—these men who thought nothing of tearing up a roof and making a hot mess so they could get their friend in front of Jesus… the bleeding woman who knew the mere touch of Jesus’ robe would heal her (Luke 8:40-48)… the Roman Centurion who has faith that Jesus could simply speak the words and his servant, miles away, would be healed (Luke 7:1-10)… all those unnamed people who were in the crowds who flocked to Jesus to be healed…
Is your faith something you easily and readily share? Jesus said, “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light” (Luke 8:16 ESV). So do you have your faith burning brightly for the world to see?
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for the stories of extraordinary faith that we can still learn from 2000 years later. Thank Him for these people whose legacy of belief continues to endure. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you have a faith strong enough that it’s worthy of notice.