Monday, February 12, 2018

No Doubt

But he must ask with faith, and no trace of doubt, because a person who has doubts is like the waves thrown up in the sea when the wind drives.

James is writing to Jewish believers, encouraging them to remain faithful in times of trial. He encourages them to ask a generous father, but always ask without doubt.

Wind blown waves can go against a current. There's lots of energy but it's directed all over the place in useless dissipation. I sometimes let the winds of circumstance chop and change me, distracting me, undermining me.

Getting my feet back on the rock sets me facing back on course. This prayer time is grounding, getting me back and moving on the way. "I am the way" says Jesus. Come and follow me.

Lord Jesus, I get so easily distracted, tossed about by the waves of life. Today I place my feet back on your sure foundation and continue my journey on the way.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Persistnace and Power

For saying this, you may go home happy: the devil has gone out of your daughter.’ So she went off to her home and found the child lying on the bed and the devil gone.

A pagan woman begs for Jesus to to deliver her possessed daughter. Jesus tests the woman’s faith by initially refusing. Her persistance gains her desire and her daughter is delivered even while being some distance away.

This story highlights persistance and power. The persistance of the pagan woman’s plea releases Jesus power.

Jesus instigates healing in many ways; by touch, by word, by mud on a blind man’s eyes. Here the plea of a pagan releases his healing power at another location. Remote intercession.

There is no limitation to Jesus’ healing. The one requirement is faith. The woman had faith in Jesus and this drove her persistance. My intersession for others anywhere is powerful when driven by faith.

Lord Jesus I trust in you. As I place my prayer list before you this moring, please release your healing power. Even the dogs can eat the children’s scraps.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Touch

Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’

While walking among a large crowd pressing up against him, Jesus feels his healing power go out from him. He has been touched by a woman with desperate faith and her spontaneous healing is the result.

There is so much happening in this story from Mark. Jesus is responding to Jairus's cry for healing for his dieing daughter and spontaneous healing of the bleeding woman happens on the way. He is confronted by faith of the woman and the mocking unbelief of the girl's mourners.

It appears that the faith of the woman drew healing power from Jesus without him instigating it. Her touch in faith was all that was required. "Daughter, your faith has healed you”says Jesus.

The power of faith is demonstrated here. The faith of Jairus and of the woman was born of desperation but that didn't matter.  One cried out, the other simply touched. The miracle healing power of Jesus did its work.

The cry for another or the touch for self, either done in faith can result in miracles.

Lord Jesus, thank you again for the gift and the power of faith. 
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Share the Gift

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control.

Saint Paul is writing to Timothy to encourage him in his mission. Paul reminds Timothy where his faith has come from (his grandmother and mother) and what it has given him (power, love and a sound mind).

It is good to remember where my faith has come from and what it has given me. So many people have been part of my conversion story and I owe them a great debt. My faith has given me foremost, joy, hope, peace and love. The power and self control of Timothy are mine as well.

I have received a great gift. It is not for me alone but to share, today...

Lord Jesus, you have given me a great gift of faith. Help me share its fruits with those I meet today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Jealous Eye

And Saul turned a jealous eye on David from that day forward.

David is being credited as the greater warrior over the Philestines than Saul and Saul becomes fearful of his crown and jealous of David.

In fact, David was the greater warrior. While Saul cowered in fear from Goliath, David stepped up and defeated the giant. Saul could have learnt from David's example of trusting fearlessly in God. He alllowed jealousy to take root in his heart instead and so began his great fall.

I heard a priest once say he very rarely had people confess the sin of jealousy. It's such a demeaning sin to confess yet everyone of us has been guilty of it. Jealousy isolates me from others, feeds pride and vain-glory. It is the worst of spiritual cancers.

Of whom am I jealous today?  Maybe it’s time I went to a confessional and surprised a priest.

Lord Jesus, I confess the sin of jealousy. Help me be rid of this cancer and liberate myself to work in the opposite spirit of generosity.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I am Siezed

At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.
1 Sam.16:13

Samuel has been shown by God which among Jessies sons is to be anointed the new king. The least likely because of his youth, David is set apart, consecrated by his annointing and the Holy Spirit seizes apron him for the rest of his life.

There is something almost violent in the word "sieze". It infers a firm and relentless grip. I would agree with this use of the word. Once the Holy Spirit released his power in my life I became firmly in his grip. Despite my failings and fallings, like David, the Holy Spirit has laid claim on me and remains.

It's good to reminded that this steadfast friend is still present and active in my life. Today I live with the sure knowledge that I am firmly in the grip of the Holy Spirit of God.

Thank you Holy Spirit of God for your resolute hold on my life. I recommit myself to your influence today. Veni Sancte Spiritus.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Of Course He Wants to

A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured.

Jesus is touched with compassion for the begging leper, an extreme outcast. Jesus breaks all the taboos of the day and touches the leper and heals him.

I love this story. It says so much about Jesus’attitude to me, a sick beggar when compared to his holiness. “Of course I want to lift you up, free you, heal you Mike” he says to me. A good attitude for me to approach Jesus is shown by the leper... on my knees.

Lord Jesus, touch me with your healing touch this day. Lift me up so I may glorify you.
Little Flower, please pray for me.