from Jan Ross
Friday, December 8, 2000
And when they could not come nigh
unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and
when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick
of the palsy lay. (Mark 2:4)
Obstacles are sometimes hard to overcome; they can cause people to
trying, or they can cause people to develop more determination
Today's verse talks about an obstacle. A friend was sick,
unable to walk
and needed the healing touch of the Lord. Yet because of the
people it seemed to be an impossibility to reach Him.
friends tried to find a way to reach the Lord regardless of what
they had to do! Finally, they climbed up on the rooftop,
removed some of the tiles, and lowered their friend down to where
Jesus was . . . to receive from Him a healing touch!
Sometimes it takes determination and fervency in our requests for
any kind from the Lord! These men, acting on their faith
that Jesus would
heal their friend, withstood every barrier and acted on their
Probably in an attempt to gain entrance into the house, they were
ridiculed (this man had been lame since birth), pushed out of the
way by others anxious to receive His touch . . . they may even
have been told to leave, that there was no possibility for them to
get their friend inside on this stretcher. Yet, they
withstood the opposition and persevered!
When you need a touch from the Lord, do you seek Him and soon give
up when you are unable to "reach" Him . . . or are you
fervent in your prayer? The Bible tells us in James 5:16
that "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much." That lets us know that we may be called
upon to persevere against all opposition from the enemy!
Folks, we cannot cower down in the face of opposition to our
prayers . . . we have to have an attitude to prevail against all
odds! The Christian walk was never meant to be one of
weakness . . . that's why we're told in Ephesians 6:10 to "be
strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might".
This is a war we are in; we've been given the armor to wear and
weapons with which to fight. To run in retreat would be to
surrender to the enemy!
The next time you pray and feel the opposition from the enemy,
remember that you are a prevailer . . . you are an overcomer . . .
you are equipped to push through opposition. Stand firm and
don't give up when the hindrances to prayer begin to bombard your
mind . . . remember that Jesus was right there for the lame man
all the time -- He was in his midst, He never moved -- the lame
man and his friends had to push through the opposition to reach
Jesus is always there to hear our prayer, to meet our needs, to
give us that healing touch that we so desperately need.
Press into Him until you "reach" Him!
Father, so many times I begin to pray and my mind becomes muddled
things that I need to be doing, with problems I am facing, with
that needs tended to. Herein is my opposition! Help
me, Lord, become that one You call an "effectual, fervent
prayer" so that I won't succumb to the enemy's temptation to
disregard prayer for things that distract me. Lord, my
heart's desire is to please You . . . help me to persevere and
stand firm when I am hindered during my time with You. I
thank You, Lord, that You are always in my midst . . . help me to
remember that it is I who must move closer to You day after day,
in every way! Amen!