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A Devotional by Sam Bell
In our small group on Monday night we were studying John chapter 5. The chapter opens with a story of Jesus entering Jerusalem passing by a pool. The Bible describes this pool as being surrounded by “a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed”. Jesus takes notice of one man who had been invalid for thirty-eight years and Jesus asks him this question, “Do you want to be healed?”
This statement struck me. Obviously this man wanted to be healed, how could Jesus ask such an obvious question? But it made me wonder about the way that we pray. So many of us we want to be healed, want relationships to be restored, want God to supply our needs, want God to give us direction, and yet we are not direct in what we are asking for.
Maybe you’ve prayed a prayer like this recently; “God, it’s me… I don’t mean to bother you, I know I’ve bugged you about this before, there is this thing I want you to do, but if you don’t or you can’t or you rather have me wait, I’m totally fine with that too”
I think so many times I really want to be the person who asks for exactly what is on my heart at that moment, and yet I get caught in the trap of praying this way to manage my own expectations, rather than understanding that the God who created everything, who yearns for me to talk to Him, already knows exactly what is on my heart.
This week, when we feel that tug to share what’s on our mind and heart with God, would we all find freedom or at least start down the path of praying exactly what’s on our heart. Praying in a way that we believe God already knows what is truly in our hearts. That no matter the outcome: