Monday, December 9th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 8)
A centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, 'Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.'
Matthew 8:5-6 (NKJV)*
For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.
Mark 7:25 (NKJV)**
There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
John 4:46-47 (NKJV)***
Lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
Mark 16:18 (NKJV)
Intercession is 'entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another' (American Heritage Dictionary). Intercession comes from a Latin word, intercessio, which means 'a going between' (Etymology Dictionary).
When we pray for someone else, we go between this person and God. We stand in the gap. Because Jesus stood in the gap for us. Or more precisely, He hung in the gap. Because on the Cross, His Head pointed up to Heaven, His Feet pointed down to Earth, and His Hands pointed east to west.
'As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us' (Psalm 103:12). 'For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus' (1 Timothy 2:5). When His Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we are given the Gift of Salvation which brings a responsibility: intercession.
So we intercede: 'If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you' (John 15:7). But beyond the ask is the seek and the knock:
'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you' (Matthew 7:7). Because Jesus said to do all three. Therefore, we seek out the sick and lay hands on them. We knock on doors to get them help--and God heals.
In a variety of ways at a variety of times, He heals. Because Jesus healed from a distance and He healed by a touch. Sometimes He healed immediately. Other times He waited--because perfect timing is His to know. Perfect waiting is ours to learn.
Intercession invites the Hand of God to help those unable to help themselves.
To Be Continued...
* Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%208:5-13&version=NKJV
** A Gentile Shows Her Faith: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%207:24-30&version=NKJV
*** A Nobleman's Son Healed: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%204:46-54&version=NKJV
Additional study on standing in the gap:
Stand in the gap: http://biblehub.com/ezekiel/22-30.htm
'Stand in the Gap' (Preacher's Journal): http://www.preachersjournal.org/Sermons/Ezekiel/Stand%20In%20The%20Gap.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.