Day 5 – Walk On!

Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

We can command our souls to praise the Lord as he’s forgiven, healed and redeemed our lives from the pit. As in the song lyrics for today, there may be scars that remain, battles still to come, weeping may come in the night, but we trust in His Name. We can declare that it is well with our souls because God will lead us in blessing and make us fruitful.

“He put new desires and attitudes in me. His Spirit began to strengthen me to do righteous acts that I previously had no desire for. I began to sense His voice more often throughout the day. And good works were multiplied in my life…Today, I no longer try to be good; instead, I am only concerned with doing God’s bidding. What He commands, I do” (John Wimber and Kevin Springer, Power Evangelism).

Prayer: Lord, may the good works multiply in our lives as we live “normal” Christian lives, putting one healed foot in front of the other by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “It Is Well With My Soul” by Matt Redman (click here).

-AW

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Day 4 – In Jesus Name

Acts 3:6-8 NIV
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

“The crippled man, when healed at the door, did not stay outside but came into the Temple with Peter and John by jumping and praising God for his wholeness (3:8–9)…true ministry in Jesus’ name would joyfully bring people inside” (Youngmo Cho and Hyung Dae Park, Acts: A New Covenant Commentary).

As the body of Christ, we are to be the hands and feet that help others up and joyfully lead them into God’s presence. God has put the body together to show the world the most excellent way to love. So if one part suffers, then every part suffers, and if one part flourishes, then every part is filled with wonder and amazement (1 Cor. 12:24). What we extend to others is not cheap imitation, but the real and possible miracles of Jesus’ healing love. 

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, we can get up and flourish as part of the body of Christ! Only in Jesus’ name, amen. 

Let’s respond in worship with “House of the Lord” by Phil Wickham (click here).

-AW

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Day 3 – Look at Us!

Acts 3:1-5 NIV
1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 

The crippled man received faith from Peter and John, as if Jesus himself was there standing before the man because Jesus was dwelling in and through Peter and John. The faith in them was now in this man…In looking at the church, God’s people together, others will see Jesus, just as Jesus said it would be (Brenda Rapp).

“A short time ago, the promise had come true and there is no doubt that this was the very source of the power that was at work through Peter and John at this particular moment…Jesus did not promise a magical formula that would cast away demons in his name nor did he intend to mean the same when he predicted the laying on of hands. However, he spoke of miracles as a way of reminding the disciples of his presence and power that would work through them” (Youngmo Cho and Hyung Dae Park, Acts: A New Covenant Commentary).

Prayer: Lord, we trust in your power that is at work in us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “Old For New” by Bethel Music (click here).

-AW

 

 

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Day 2 – Look at Him!

Let’s read aloud from Isaiah 53:
1 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

“Miracles Jesus performed during his earthly ministry were not an end in themselves. They were signs that pointed out to something greater—they demonstrated God’s creative and revelatory works in redeeming the sinful human body and soul.” (Youngmo Cho and Hyung Dae Park, Acts: A New Covenant Commentary).

Prayer: Lord, you took up our pain and bore our suffering. The punishment that brought us peace was on you, Jesus. By your wounds, we are miraculously healed. We look at you and are in awe of your redeeming work on the cross for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “Miracles” by Jesus Culture (click here).

-AW

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Day 1 – All Inclusive

James 5:13-16 NIV
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

“As Christians, we need to see things from God’s reality. This kind of seeking for temporary relief, at best, creates the possibility for us to miss the larger picture – to lose out on something far bigger and far more complete. At worst, they point to unbelief in our hearts of who our Almighty God is. What we need more than anything is to be restored to God first, even if we think being healed is most important. And what we see is that Jesus’ healing is all-inclusive.” (P. Wayne)

Prayer: Lord, we look to you in faith for the miracle of healing. You will raise us up! You will make us well! You will forgive us! You will heal us! Thank you for your expansive healing in our lives. We respond with songs of praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “The Lord Is My Salvation” by Keith & Kristyn Getty (click here).

-AW

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