Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 119:17-24, 2 Kings 6:8-23, and Acts 9:32-35
St. Peter, traveling through the area around Lydda (now called Lod, located close to modern-day Tel Aviv), walked by a man who was paralyzed. Peter didn’t make a big fuss about it. He simply said to the man, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Take up your bed and walk.”
We don’t realize the great power that we have to heal in Jesus’ name. We don’t realize how Jesus has given us that responsibility as his followers. It’s not something we just throw around, to be sure, but at the same time we are not powerless to help those whom God would heal. We may do so with faith – the ability to hear God telling us to do something, and the obedience to carry out his commands. If we will hear God telling us to bring healing to someone, and if we will go in obedience and do that, then God will certainly heal that person. Including those who are paralyzed.
Whom have you healed? Has God led you into situations where you could be his instrument of healing? Perhaps the healing wasn’t physical, but was just as real.
Have you seen people be physically healed by God? What if God chose to use medicine and doctors? What if God had chosen to use you? Would you do it? Would you do it just the way he wanted?
Take some time to pray about this. Ask God to use you as an instrument of healing, whether it is from injury, sickness, or something else. Ask him to give you the faith to hear and follow him and the grace to carry out his commands. Write your own prayer.