Wednesday 3 September, 2014
Matthew 14:34-36CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH
Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.(vss 33-34)
Sometimes we need God to be powerful in our lives. The troubles we have can seem so great that only our powerful God can bring about the change we need. A lady we have known for a long time confessed to me recently troubles in her family that seemed totally overwhelming. No amount of just telling her ‘it will be all right’ was going to make the situation better for her. I did not know what to say except how very sorry I was that she was facing such a difficult time and that we would pray for her and her family. A few of us were meeting that evening about general church business and, as we closed the meeting in prayer, we lifted up this woman’s situation to God. I was amazed to get back that night and find a message from her, even though it was very late. She wrote to say that she had gone home and had already seen unexpected and wonderful answers to our prayers that very evening.
I am not sure I believed when I prayed that she would find answers so quickly. I was reminded what a powerful God we serve. The people in this story were in awe of Jesus when he drove out the demons so much so they begged him to leave. There is no situation too difficult for our God. There is nothing we cannot bring to him in prayer.
Prayer † Dear Lord, help us to know that there is nothing we cannot bring to you in prayer. You are a loving and powerful God doing more than we can ask or imagine. Amen.
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